‘War on cigarette butts’: Coalition plan to reduce pollution ‘never existed’, Tanya Plibersek says

to 9bn plastic cigarette butts are discarded and washed into waterways in Australia each year, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. The filters can take up to 15 years to break down into microplastic.Sign

Private sector is not seen to be ready to act as main buyer and draft is similarly worded to a Morrison-era billFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAn Albanese government environment plan to encourage companies to invest in nature merely expands a Coalition proposal under Scott Morrison and is at risk of failing due to a lack of business interest, experts say.The federal government is consulting on legislation to establish a scheme to incentivise investment in nature restoration by creating tradable certificates for projects that protect and restore biodiversity.Sign

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