Support ‘Cash for Containers’ and help stop plastic pollution in our oceans

Recently, a group of high school students from Canterbury Girls High School managed to get all Coca-Cola products banned from their school. They did this in support for the Cash for Containers scheme – a scheme that the Coca-Cola company are doing their best to block from being rolled out across Australia. You can read more on their story and the video from ABC News here.

The need for plastic recycling

Plastic pollution is a major issue across our country today. Australians use between 13 – 14 billion drinks containers each year, and only South Australia has a scheme in place for container collection. The rest ends up filling space in landfills, littering the streets, parks, and oceans. These plastic containers become hazardous to many marine animals and birds. Not just in Australia, but all the world has been affected by marine plastic pollution. Up to a third of the plastic comes from the beverage industry. For the birds and animals, the plastic is known to be the cause of their injuries and deaths when they mistake it for prey and eat it. This includes whales, dolphin, turtles, seals, and many others.

Cash for Containers

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), also known as Cash for Containers, is a simple solution that would drastically cut down the plastic pollution we see in our oceans and on our land.

“Beverage container recycling rates are appallingly low in most states. 40% of the rubbish we collect on Clean Up Australia Day is bottles and cans, but in South Australia, where they have container deposits they are just 8.4% of the rubbish we collect.”

–        Ian Kiernan AO, Founder of Clean Up Australia and past Australian of the year.

With a container deposit scheme in action, there is an incentive for returning those containers for recycling. It’s just as easy as purchasing the drink, you pay a 10 cent deposit which is included in your purchase price, and then you return your container to a designated recycling agent to receive your cash back.

Greenpeace is heading a call for action on the Cash for Containers scheme.

“Environment Ministers around Australia received a report last week about ‘cash for containers’. We already know a scheme could slash plastic pollution. But they’re yet to make a final decision, and beverage corporations like Coca-Cola are still standing in the way.”

–        Greenpeace

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How you can help

Add your support for the Cash for Containers scheme by signing the petition to be sent to NSW Premier Mike Baird:

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=69&src=gp5

 

 

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