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McIntosh Committed to Cleaner Environment for Penrith

Source: Melissa McIntosh MP, Federal Member for Lindsay
Posted: 5 Mar 2020
Federal Member for Lindsay, Clean Up Australia Day
As Clean Up Australia Day celebrated its 30th year, the Federal Member for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh MP took part in the annual event on Sunday, at Tench Reserve on the Nepean River.

“We all love our beautiful Nepean River and want to keep it clean and healthy. Along with some of our local families, we had a productive morning cleaning up rubbish along our river and we’re hoping to make our team even bigger next year,” said Ms McIntosh.

“Every day, groups such as the Nepean Rowing Club and local families use our river for their health, enjoyment and well-being. Having recently delivered funding to remove weeds from the River, I know its health is a priority for people in our community.”

The 30th anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day coincides with the National Plastic Summit that was held on Monday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced at the summit that Australia will commit to being a world leader in lessening waste and improving recycling. Investing in technology will increase the value of products that are recycled and will reduce the cost burden.

By recycling more domestically, more than 5,000 new jobs would be created according to the Australian Council of Recycling, and the global recycled plastic market is expected to grow at 7.9 per cent annually over the next decade, becoming a $67 billion industry in 2025.

“Having cleaned around the Nepean River on Sunday, the impact of plastic waste on our natural environment was evident. It’s important we get this right and this policy will help us with more recycling and a cleaner environment,” said Ms McIntosh.

More details will be announced in the 2020 budget.

Melissa McIntosh at Clean Up Australia Day
 
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