LNP Cash for Containers to clean up Currumbin

22 Jun 2016 2:54 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey says the LNP’s announcement of a container deposit scheme will protect our environment and grow jobs and give community groups an opportunity to benefit from cashing in containers

“Introduction of the container deposit scheme (CDS) will have widespread benefits for our state, providing local consumers, businesses and charities a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers when returned for recycling,” said Ms Stuckey

“The LNP plan is a positive step to clean up our environment, and at the same time provide a healthy incentive for more people to recycle, and create jobs across the Queensland recycling sector.

“Similar schemes in other states see more than 80 per cent of consumers cash in their containers.

“The electorate of Currumbin is a popular tourism hotspot, and we’re blessed with having some of the state’s most beautiful beaches and hinterlands.

“The index shows our state’s litter rate is 41 per cent higher than the national average, with 72 items of litter per 1000 m2, and we should be doing everything we can to clean up Queensland.

“With this benchmark policy we can keep our region pristine and litter free.

“Community groups in Currumbin will have the opportunity to organise clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for their activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.

Ms Stuckey, a long-time advocate of cash for containers recently took part in a Boomerang Alliance project with local scouts groups to build a giant surfboard from plastic bottles on Currumbin Beach.

Toby Hutcheon, Queensland Manager, Boomerang Alliance says the news of a Cash for Containers deposit scheme is fantastic for the Gold Coast and the community members.

“A cash for container scheme means that the Gold Coast will have significantly less litter. It also means that community organisations like Scouts and Guides and school P&C’s can make money by collecting bottles and cans. This is a win for the environment and a win for the community.”