Clean up groups and environment organisations in Queensland have welcomed today’s announcement that the State Government will investigate a container deposit scheme for Queensland. This is a first step towards the development of a scheme and meets an election promise by the government. The move also allows the state to collaborate with NSW who plan to introduce a container deposit scheme in mid- 2017.
‘Queensland is the most littered state in Australia with plastic bottles and plastic packaging representing the bulk of that litter. Recycling is also at a low ebb with the state missing out on significant employment creation opportunities,’ said Toby Hutcheon of the Boomerang Alliance, on behalf of the joint groups.
‘Litter, particularly plastics, is not only an eyesore it’s deadly to wildlife. Thousands of sea birds die in Queensland every year whilst studies show that 30% of all turtle mortalities in Moreton Bay are due to plastic ingestion. Queenslanders don’t want their state to be known as the ‘rubbish state’.