Recyclers rolled into town to sell deposits

April 11, 2018

Boomerang Alliance's Annett Finger, Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama's Samantha Ferrier and volunteer Travis Beauchamp with the Boomerang Alliance bottle.

A CAMPAIGN to bring a state-wide container deposit scheme to Victoria has landed in Echuca.

The Boomerang Alliance visited Echuca on Friday and Saturday with a 3m-long giant soft drink bottle in tow.

Kicking off in Stawell and finishing in Melbourne, the tour aimed to rally communities and meet with MPs across the state to call for a container deposit system. Victoria is one of only two states yet to commit to such a scheme.

‘‘With the recycling industry in Victoria on the brink of collapse due to contaminated kerbside collections, the Victorian Government needs to act quickly to implement a viable long-term solution that will deliver clean material acceptable for recycling and grow domestic reprocessing,’’ Boomerang Alliance director Jeff Angel said. ‘‘Victoria could lead on the circular economy around plastics but only by closing the loop and maximising the quality of reclaimed resource — container deposit schemes continue to prove their effectiveness in achieving this objective.’’

The tour is collecting beverage containers along the way which it will deliver to the Premier along with a message from regional Victoria about the importance of waste and littering issues in regional communities.

During the bottle’s stay in Echuca, Boomerang Alliance Victoria campaigner Annett Finger and volunteer Travis Beauchamp toured Veolia’s materials recovery facility to understand more about the recycling process.

This tour joins forces with community organisations across the state – including Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama.

‘‘We’ve known about Boomerang Alliance for a while now and we’re all working together towards the same goal,’’ Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama’s Samantha Ferrier said.

“We want to see fewer containers as litter on roadsides, in parkland and on waterways.

“Ultimately we hope this big bottle tour brings more attention to the importance of waste reduction, recycling and litter-free environments.’’

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