From early next year Canberrans will be able to exchange discarded water bottles and empty soft drink cans for cash under a new scheme to address one of the city’s biggest litter problems.
The upcoming ACT Budget will include $800,000 to fund work to set up a Container Deposit Scheme in the territory with the aim of the scheme being cost neutral once it is established.
Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris announced the scheme yesterday as part of a $23.3 million better suburbs package.
She said the aim was to encourage more Canberrans to do the right thing with their used drinking containers.
“From early 2018 Canberrans will be able to hand in their old containers for cash reimbursement,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Drink containers make up more than a quarter of the volume of all litter in the ACT and this scheme will help protect the environment and improve the look and feel of our city.”
The scheme is likely to be modelled on the NSW Government scheme which will be rolled out from December this year.
Under the NSW scheme, people will be able to return most empty beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points and get a 10 cent refund.
Ms Fitzharris said the better suburbs package to be funded in next week’s budget includes improvements to road maintenance, safety in school zones, playground and sporting facilities, weed control and graffiti prevention.
“The Government is listening to the community and where they want to see increased investment, and I’m glad the upcoming Budget will deliver better services right across the city, like road re-sealing, graffiti removal, weed management and better care of our local sportsgrounds,” she said.
Highlights of the package include:
- $5.2 million for services in Canberra’s newest communities
- $3.2 million over four years for a pilot school crossing supervisor program at 20 school crossings
- An extra $4.5million for up to 150,000 metres of road resurfacing annually
- $5.4 million over four years for the irrigation of more than 280 hectares of sportsgrounds
- $1.5 million for infrastructure in Page and Hughes as part of the Age Friendly Suburbs project expansion
- $1.9 million for street art, graffiti removal and decommissioned, aged assets like old bubblers and outdated signage
- An additional $1.3 million over two years to help stop the spread of established weeds such as African lovegrass
Photo: Member for Ginninderra and Deputy Chief Minister, Yvette Berry and Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris at the Holt Shops on Monday launching the ACT Government’s Container Deposit Scheme (photo supplied).
Are you keen to see this scheme start in Canberra? Can you see any potential for school fundraising, kids earning more pocket money, etc?