Deposit scheme to ease waste

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WITH no end in sight to the recycling crisis Mornington Peninsula Shire has backed the Municipal Association of Victoria’s plan for a “well-designed container deposit scheme”.

This would go part way to preventing recyclable rubbish going to the tip. (“Recyclables go to landfill” The News 27/2/19).

The shire’s executive manager infrastructure services Jessica Wingad said the move would “increase recycling rates and reduce litter by providing a financial incentive to consumers to return their cans and bottles”.

Ms Wingad said councils were “stepping up to identify local solutions” in the row, which included more investment and greater regulation of the recycling industry.

She said the shire supported the MAV’s Rescue Our Recycling Action Plan “setting out key actions that local, state and federal government should take to help solve our recycling crisis – but we can’t do that without support from the state government”.

MAV president Coral Ross has been reported as saying the state’s recycling system was “broken” due to “unsustainable levels of waste generation and market failure”

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 March 2019

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