A local environment group has supported the Greens’ renewed calls for Victoria to introduce a container deposit scheme.
It comes after commitments from NSW and Queensland to introduce payments for recycling bottles in the coming years.
South Australia has been running the scheme, which effectively penalises polluters, since 1977.
The Greens say introducing the scheme in Victoria would be a great way to reduce litter.
‘‘This could be a great source of revenue for community groups, charities, schools, and significantly reduce litter,’’ Greens waste spokeswoman Nina Springle said.
‘‘Victoria is becoming isolated on this issue.
‘‘South Australia’s scheme is working well and now the other Eastern states are joining in.’’
Goulburn Valley Environment Group president John Pettigrew said the group supported the idea of the scheme.
‘‘On days like Clean Up Australia Day, it’s absolutely soul-destroying when you see the amount of rubbish and we support any way of combating that and protecting the environment,’’ he said.
Ms Springle said the Greens had twice introduced container deposit bills into the Victorian parliament, and both times they had been rejected.
The Shepparton branch of the Australian Labor Party wrote to state Environment Minister Lisa Neville in March suggesting Victoria follow the lead of South Australia to implement the scheme.
A response from the Minister’s office said introducing the scheme in the state would be counter-productive and would make the business of kerbside recycling less viable.
It said a container deposit scheme would duplicate an already effective service that enables Victoria to recycle more beverage containers than SA.