Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Clean seas need bottle deposits, campaigners tell Minister


Clean seas need bottle deposits, campaigners tell Minister

March 23, 2018


A zero-waste campaign group for action on plastics has contacted the Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage to congratulate her on signing the clean seas pledge, but regrets bottle deposits aren’t on the agenda.


Earlier in the month Minister Sage signed the United Nations-led Clean Seas Pledge, commiting the New Zealand government to reducing marine plastic pollution.


The Kiwi Bottle Drive campaign coordinator Holly Dove says while she welcomes the Minister’s commitment to cleaning up oceans, there is a lot of work to do, and it can’t be done without bottle deposits on the table.


“We are excited to see the Minister taking leadership on ocean plastics, and we’ve contacted her to congratulate her and ask her to back up the commitment with strong action like introducing bottle deposits.”


Bottle deposits are a cash-back for your plastic scheme, already delivering successful results in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Canada.


Initiatives like bottle deposits are essential for a healthy ocean, she says.


“Countries with bottle deposits see incredible 80% - 98% return rates of bottles and a recent study showed marine litter has decreased in Australia by 40% - thanks to bottle deposits.”


“bottle deposits are an easy way to deliver on the pledge - they’re effective and evidence backed,” says Dove.


“Our seas just can’t wait any longer and we need the government to take action to cut plastic waste down - and the strongest contender are bottle deposits.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson+ Clark, And Russia’s FIFA World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark, which has been employed – time and again - by state agencies over the past decade, to spy on (and provide security against) ordinary New Zealanders engaged in lawful forms of protest. More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say! Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:

Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>

ALSO:

Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages