Greens MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has urged the NSW Government to listen to CSIRO and introduce a Container Deposit Scheme. The CSIRO report, 'Understanding the Effects of Marine Debris on Wildlife' released today calls the South Australian container deposit scheme "an effective policy for reducing litter" which has led to South Australia having the lowest proportion of beverage container litter in cleanups in Australia, three times less than NSW, which has the highest proportion.
Dr Faruqi said:
"Today's CSIRO report shows that NSW has the highest proportion of beverage containers on clean-up sites, and South Australia the lowest. This should be a wakeup call for the NSW Government to introduce a South-Australian style container deposit scheme to prevent beverage litter.
"CSIRO has specifically identified the Container Deposit Scheme as an effective policy in reducing litter in South Australia so there is absolutely no reason why the NSW Government hasn't acted on this.