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19 Jul 2019

Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, welcomes the Tasmanian government’s decision to implement a container deposit scheme by 2022 in an attempt to curb the state’s high levels of packaging waste.


The just-re-elected federal Labor MP seconded a motion at last year’s State Labor Conference calling for a national container deposit scheme. The motion passed Conference unanimously.


The creation of a national container deposit scheme was included in the suite of policies that Labor took to the 18 May federal election.


“I am pleased to see the Tasmanian state Liberal government pick up a good idea from Labor and run with it,” Mr Mitchell said. 


“Surveys have shown time and time again that Tasmanians support a container deposit scheme. It is a simple and effective way to minimise packaging pollution.


“South Australia has had a system for more than 40 years.”


Mr Mitchell praised Bridgewater-Gagebrook Clean Up Group founders Mark Bartlett and Ange Knight for their long-term advocacy of a container deposit scheme in Tasmania.


“Mark and Ange have been absolutely tireless in their long campaign for a container deposit scheme and I am sure they will be as pleased as I am to finally see some progress.”

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