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Littering fines to double to $600

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 10 October, 2012 - 2:05 PM
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Clean Up Australia Chairman and founder Ian Kiernan has praised the Baillieu government’s move to make litterbugs face a maximum fine of $600, but says all states need to join South Australia in creating deposit legislation.

Speaking with Neil Mitchell, Mr Kiernan said responsible people shouldn’t have to continue paying for the irresponsible actions of litterers.

"The responsible citizens who properly dispose of waste and look to recycling, they are subsidising the people who don't give a damn,” he said.

”It comes at a cost if rubbish is dropped in public places.”

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Environment Minister Ryan Smith said the doubling of littering fines were meant as a deterrent, and not intended as a revenue raiser.

The Environmental Protection Authority is also launching a blitz on construction, demolition and bin hire companies.

Mr Kiernan said deposit legislation being implemented nationally would make for better resource and energy management.

”The embodied energy to make an aluminum can from new will make you sell seven aluminum cans out of recycled material,” he said.

"We know that the recovery rates on beverage containers in most states and territories in 35 per cent.

”You go to South Australia where they've had deposit legislation for nearly 30 years, their rates of recovery are 87 per cent.”

Last month, former Premier Jeff Kennett called for Victorians to undertake a pride campaign to better present our state.

LISTEN: Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australian, Ian Kiernan, speaks with Neil Mitchell:

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