Budget introduces cash for container scheme

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AS part of the “Better Suburbs Package” in the upcoming ACT Budget, the government will include a “Container Deposit Scheme” to improve the “look and feel” of the city says Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris. 

Meegan Fitzharris
The “Container Deposit Scheme” will be included into the $23.3 million better suburbs package to encourage more Canberrans to do the right thing with their used drinking containers.

“From early 2018 Canberrans will be able to hand in their old containers for cash reimbursement,” says Ms Fitzharris.

“Drink containers make up more than a quarter of the volume of all litter in the ACT and this scheme will help protect the environment and improve the look and feel of our city.”

The “Better Suburbs Package” will also invest into services such as road re-sealing, graffiti removal, weed management and better care of our local sportsgrounds.

Other highlights of the Better Suburbs package include: 

  • A pilot school crossing supervisor program at 20 school crossings, at $3.2 million over four years.
  • The Age Friendly Suburbs project expansion, with $1.5 million for infrastructure in Page and Hughes.
  • An additional $4.5million for up to 150,000 metres of road resurfacing each year.
  • Investment of $1.9 million for street art, graffiti removal and decommissioned, aged assets like old bubblers and outdated signage.
  • $5.4 million over four years to maintain and support more than 280 hectares of irrigated sportsgrounds.
  • An extra $1.3 million over two years to stop the spread of established weeds such as African lovegrass and serrated tussock.
  • $5.2 million for City services in Canberra’s newest communities.

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