We all want a clean and healthy environment where wildlife can thrive, and that we can enjoy for generations to come.
But plastic pollution is choking our parks, waterways and oceans. Over the past three decades our use of disposable plastics has skyrocketed.
Victorians recycle about 25% of the plastics we use. The rest of it ends up in landfill, or worse, as litter that often enters our waterways and oceans.
Commonly used plastics aren’t biodegradable, so they’re constantly accumulating in our environment. This is already having a devastating effect on marine animals and the entire marine ecosystem.
The Greens have a plan to drastically cut plastic pollution at the source:
- Increase incentives for recycling.
- Legally require companies to boost recycled content in their packaging.
- Ban certain single-use plastics.
- Invest in local plastic recycling infrastructure and jobs.
- Support community-led information campaigns to reduce plastic consumption, increase recycling and drastically cut plastic pollution in Victoria.
Container Deposit Scheme
The Greens will introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) to be managed by the Environment Protection Authority. The main costs will be borne by the beverage industry, which would build these into sales.
The cost to government would be $5 million in year one and $2 million per year thereafter. The scheme would recoup set-up costs and generate an annual surplus of $90-200,000 from year two.
Ban Single-use Plastics
The Greens will introduce legislation to ban a range of single- use plastic produces where alternative options are readily available and affordable.
Recycling is great, but it isn’t enough to address the huge plastic pollution problem we have on our hands. Single-use plastic has pervaded every corner of our lives and it’s an addiction we need to address. Governments and corporations around the world are taking steps to reduce the use of single use plastics and it’s time we did the same.
The People’s War on Waste
The Greens would establish a $2 million grants program to develop community-led information campaigns on plastic pollution. Grants would support individuals and communities to increase awareness of the problem; encourage behaviour change to reduce the prevalence of single use plastics; and improve the way we manage plastic waste.
Victorians have shown a huge amount of interest in and passion for tackling plastic pollution. The ‘war on waste’ has become a household term, and families are paying an unprecedented amount of attention to their plastic consumption and recycling habits.