Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Greens welcome efforts to sweep up used glass

1 March 2005

Greens welcome efforts to sweep up used glass

Green Party Waste-Free Spokesperson Mike Ward strongly endorses the Environment Minister and the packaging industry's acknowledgement of the need to sweep up the country's growing pile of used glass.

Environment Minister Marion Hobbs has announced she is to introduce legislation to ensure glass importers and packaging producers take responsibility for glass once it has been used. Meanwhile the secretary of the industry's voluntary Packaging Accord, John Webber, has said an independent specialist will be hired to investigate potential solutions to the shortfall in New Zealand's glass recycling capacity.

"The packaging industry's acknowledgment that glass is piling up around the country is welcome and I look forward to the solutions their independent specialist will come up with," said Mr Ward.

"Ms Hobbs move is also good news, but it is important that any new legislation leans towards re-use, rather than recycling.

"They need look no further than New Zealand's recent past to see the value of re-using bottles and of less packaging. Wheelie bins and multiple clean sacks at every gate, litter lining every roadside and broken glass on every street were practically unheard of prior to the introduction of one-use containers.

"Furthermore, turning a perfectly serviceable bottle into road metal is an unpardonable waste of energy in an increasingly energy depleted world. There are also economic advantages to sourcing more of our glass from local manufacturers and re-filling more of our beverage containers.

"Ms Hobbs could well consider restoring deposits on all glass, with graduated levies favouring locally made and refillable bottles. And John Webber may find that, with that kind of encouragement, industry will be keen to build a South Island furnace, as well as bottle washing plants and exchanges around the country," said Mr Ward.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news