YOUR SAY:window of opportunity to improve environment
THERE appears to be little more traction on issues environmental recently.
With a change of State Government and a leadership change federally, I suspect there is a window of opportunity to improve our local environment with a few small positive steps.
I think that we should introduce the 10 cent refund policy on drink containers.
South Australia has had it for years but after a recent visit to the NT, I see that they have had the leadership to follow suit.
And there are almost no bottles or cans visible compared to a few years ago.
The great thing is that it is now actually worthwhile for people to collect and cash them in.
A pub in Katherine has even taken the initiative to provide a beer can refund bin where they collect the empties and give the customers the equivalent discount off their next purchase there and then.
How clever is that. I know where I'd buy my Melbourne Bitter in Katherine.
NT has also bitten the bullet to ban plastic bags on non-meat products and guess what?
There are very few bags blowing around the place.
The thing is that people adjust and they adjust quickly especially if there is clear policy supported by the stakeholders, including retailers, manufacturers, and local councils .
The macro environmental issues of climate change, deforestation and so on can't readily be altered by the individual but we can change the small things as outlined.
As an aside, I always collect at least a few bits of rubbish each and every day working on the theory that if everyone did that, then there would be no rubbish on land or sea.