Advocacy group Boomerang Alliance visited Stawell on Easter Saturday with a three-metre bottle of coke in tow as part of their big bottle tour.
“On Saturday we collected rubbish on London road, Stawell, for an hour (as part of the tour). We collected three large bags of rubbish in that time,” said Annett Finger from Boomerang Alliance.
The group will continue collecting containers along their journey through Victoria, with the aim of filling up the three-metre bottle.
They will deliver it to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ office at the end of the trip.
The group are advocating for Victoria to start a state-wide container deposit scheme.
Victoria is currently one of two states, including Tasmania, in Australia that does not have this scheme.
The scheme aims to reduce container wastage by essentially buying back containers from consumers.
Boomerang Alliance’s proposed scheme would give consumers 10-cents back, per container that consumers recycled at designated collection points.
Victorians currently use 3.5 billion containers per year.
The scheme also aims to reduce littering, as well as educating people about recycling.
Dr Finger said that it could also be a funding opportunity for organisations in Stawell.
“Community groups, such as the scouts, could collect containers for extra funding.”
But the scheme will cost consumers, who purchase items that use containers, an approximate 10-cents extra.
“It is up to the government to come up with a sustainable scheme for consumers (financially),” said Dr Finger.