Call for container deposit

Last weekends Clean Up Australia Day could have been better supported by the NSW government with the introduction of container deposit legislation, according to The Greens candidate for Clarence, Theo Jongen.

Clean Up Australia Day is a wonderful initiative that would be made a lot easier if we littered less on the other 364 days of the year. A 10 cent deposit on drink bottles and cans would put a value on a major part of this litter, Mr Jongen said. A container deposit system has operated in South Australia for over 30 years. Under this system virtually all beverage containers are returned for a refund instead of the current situation in NSW where millions end up as roadside litter or landfill.

Mr Jongen has also called for local councils to reduce their mains water pressure to help save more water. Water pressure has already been turned down in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Mr Jongen said the ALP was afraid of voter reaction if Level 4 water restrictions were introduced in Sydney before the state election.

He said both major parties were promoting expensive and energy-guzzling solutions to the water crisis.

They just havent learned, and they have failed to recognise the communitys willingness to save water and use it more efficiently, he said.

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