Containers to cash: Rally to show support for deposit scheme
THE push to turn countless tonnes of beverage containers dumped in Queensland each year into cash for community groups is gaining momentum.
The proposal to introduce a container deposit scheme has been met with enthusiasm from environmental groups, the council and government, which say a CDS, which would see returned containers given a 10 cent refund, would be a win for both the environment and community groups.
Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast branch has joined forces with the Boomerang Alliance and Sunshine Coast Environment Council to hold a public event in support of a CDS on Saturday, August 1 at Mooloolaba Beach.
President Craig Macintyre said the event would send a clear message to the Queensland Government.
"The ultimate message is yes, we support you to do this, let's do this," he said.
Mr Macintyre said the ability for community groups to profit from collecting discarded containers, which could be returned through depots or reverse vending machines, would create a big incentive to clean up.
"It's positive through the whole community - everyone can really profit from it and clean up the entire Coast," he said.
Pushing for a ban on plastic bags was also on the agenda, Mr Macintyre said.
The State Government has formed a CDS advisory group to investigate the costs and benefits of a CDS scheme.
The group met on Thursday. A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokeswoman said the government was committed to perusing the proposal.
The rally will be held at Mooloolaba Beach on Saturday, August 1. Visit the Surfrider Foundation Facebook page for more information.