As Greens’ Initiative Implemented

The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the opening of the tender process for a cost-benefit study to be undertaken on a state-based container deposit scheme (CDS), but urged it progress swiftly.

Greens Environment spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said the study on the merits of a state-based CDS scheme has tripartite support as it was an outcome of a Greens’ motion passed in the Lower House last year.

“It is positive news for Tasmania’s environment, and for local businesses, to see the promised triple-bottom line cost-benefit study of a state-based CDS move to the tender process,” Ms O’Connor said.

“Sadly, the most beautiful state in Australia also has the nation’s lowest recycling rates and highest litter rates.”

“Yet a recent EMRS survey found 91% public support for a CDS, so Tasmania needs tripartisan leadership to help rid our waterways and landscape of the discarded waste of a throwaway society.”

“The Greens have consistently campaigned for a state CDL scheme, and when it became apparent last year that the COAG process had stalled, we put to the House of Assembly the need to move at the state level instead of waiting for national action.”

“We received tripartite support in May last year for the following outcome:

(a) the Environment Minister will take in-principle support for a national scheme to the upcoming Ministerial Council and;

(b) a cost benefit study into a state based scheme will be undertaken if a national container deposit scheme does not eventuate in a timely manner.”

“Clearly a national CDL scheme has not materialised at the federal level, and nor does it appear likely to ever do so under Tony Abbott. This makes the state study commitment even more important and necessary.”

“The funding allocation for the tripartite agreed state-based CDL study was announced during the State Budget this year, so we would urge this report now progresses as swiftly as possible,” Ms O’Connor said.

The tender process for the cost-benefit study was advertised in the State Saturday newspapers.
Cassy O’Connor MP Greens Environment spokesperson