4 August 2016

LNP addresses environmental issues

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes welcomed Shadow Minister for the Environment Dr Christian Rowan to Noosa to meet with a range of stakeholders to discuss environmental issues and policies.

“Recently I announced the LNP’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill.

“While this a good start there is much more work to be done to reduce pollution and the negative impacts it has on our precious environment.

“The major pollutant that we must address is plastic, and the easiest and quickest way to do that is to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.  

“Around 800 million bags are used each year in Queensland alone, littering our environment, harming wildlife and
 
 “I urge my LNP colleagues to come on board and commit to ban single-use plastic bags to protect the environment from further damage in particular Queensland’s marine life. 

“The LNP’s plan would deliver a great win for the environment in Noosa resulting in less visual pollution and could create hundreds of jobs across the region and throughout Queensland in the recycling sector.

“The Noosa region is unique, and with this benchmark policy from the LNP we can help keep the region litter free.

“Community groups in the Noosa Electorate will have the opportunity to organise community clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for other activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up and better protect our environment,” Mr Elmes said.

Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments, said this of the LNP’s container deposit scheme:

“Litter, especially plastic, is one of the most damaging things that we as humans have done to our environment and this especially affects our marine animals and birds.

“The LNP’s announcement should create bipartisan support for the introduction of a container deposit scheme and is a great step forward.

“There should now be no need to delay the implementation of a scheme in Queensland.

“This also gives the community a reason to hope that on the important issues effecting the environment both sides of politics can agree,” Mr Warner said.”

“In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queenslanders supported a CDS.” said Mr Elmes.

Key Facts:
• Qld can expect container litter to fall by 60% and create hundreds of new jobs in recycling.
• NSW will be introducing a CDS in 2017 and Qld should investigate the prospect of partnering with NSW.
• In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers.