MY THANKS to Bill Moorhead (NM, 31/10) for his support for a container deposit scheme.
The former LNP government supported litter reduction and increased recycling through industry-led initiatives.
We stepped up enforcement of littering and illegal dumping laws and made it easier for members of the community to report littering and illegal dumping.
While there's some evidence that shows implementing a CDS would come at a significant cost, if a CDS can be shown to be cost-effective, we would certainly give it serious consideration.
I agree that the environmental impact of plastic shopping bags continues to be a significant issue within the community for marine life and the Great Barrier Reef.
So it's encouraging that some retailers and local governments are increasingly interested in reducing plastic bag use.
The LNP will continue to support these measures as long as there is no major impact to the cost of living for Queenslanders.
Please be assured that I'm committed to working closely with the community, local government and all sectors of the waste industry to find the right mix of actions to deliver better waste management and resource recovery in Queensland.
As a regular participant in clean-up and environment days, I've picked up kilos of rubbish to help show Queenslanders that we all have a part to play in keeping our environment clean and our precious reef safe.
STEPHEN BENNETT MP
Member for Burnett