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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
18 October 2000
More than 20 million vinyl bottles are expected to be diverted from landfill each year as a result of a recycling initiative launched today by Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.
"Australia has been remarkably successful in recycling. Under the Government's WasteWise partners project we are now recycling some 50 per cent of building materials and the newsprint industry is achieving recycling rates of 70 per cent," Senator Hill said. .
"However, there is one area which requires attention - vinyl bottle recycling. At the moment, kerbside collections are recovering only about five per cent of the 6,000 tonnes of PVC bottles produced each year." .
Senator Hill yesterday welcomed a new nationwide recycling program, driven by Australian Vinyls, Peteron and Hollywood Plastics. .
"The need for better vinyl bottle recycling is now being addressed by this industry-led national commitment to increase the percentage of recycling of vinyl bottles from five per cent to 25 per cent in three years," Senator Hill said. .
The new program will see collections extended to all capital cities and many regional centres with the bottles recycled into useful products such as commercial floor tiles, stormwater pipes and fittings. .
It was expected to not only divert bottles from landfill but also trigger a dramatic drop in the manufacture of virgin PVC resin. .
"This is a major commitment by the industry, which will cover the costs of recycling and implement the program in partnership with government through the National Packaging Covenant." .
Wednesday, October 18, 2000
Contact: Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's office) 08 8237 7920 or 0419 258 364