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Ban alcohol in glass bottles?

By claireinqbn 14 July 2010 28

What exactly makes some people think they can – no, think they are positively obliged to – smash their booze bottle to pieces once they’ve emptied it? Can’t they just (please!) toss it down on the ground and leave it in one piece?

Everywhere I walk in Queanbeyan I see broken glass. Footpath and nature strips alike are liberally sprinkled with tiny, glistening shards. One of my dogs cut her paw the other day, luckily not badly, but I have to keep my eyes on the ground all the time while I’m walking them in case it happens again. The showground’s full of it too, despite the generous number of garbage bins provided.

Is it time to ban glass bottles for alcohol, at least the cheaper variety that gets consumed by dropkicks in public places? (Not my Chardy, obviously.)

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Jivrashia 11:14 am 16 Jul 10

cegee said :

there will always be some people who’ll smash glass for kicks, regardless. and who knows, if you stop people from smashing glass bottles they might move on to car windows?

They might move on to a vulnerable member of the family… who knows?

Ceej1973 6:50 am 16 Jul 10

South Oz and Europe have a fund system. You pay a few cents more (SA), 10-20 cents more (European countries), per glass up front, but you get it back when you deposit them in fund machines when returned. This is where your answer lies in my opinion. On tins, they cost too much in the re-manufacturing process, thats why we went more toward glass.

Jungle Jim 2:37 pm 15 Jul 10

Tins are definitely my conveyence of choice for beer. The primary reason being that they take up far less room in the recycling bin and make a lot less noise the next morning when being dropped in there.

Put it this way, you can crush a can and fit more than twice the uncrushed amount into the empty carton. Perfect for picnics where there’s no available bin – bring two cartons of cans – one empty box for the cans and the second for all other rubbish. Easily carted away to the nearest hopper / recycling plant.

Try doing that with bottles without getting glass all over the place or cutting yourself to ribbons.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:35 pm 15 Jul 10

I don’t know why I even threw the “high quality beer” reference in there because it’s a little bit irrelevant.

I agree with Thumper. Let anyone who wants to drink shit beer drink it out of plastic.

p1 2:08 pm 15 Jul 10

Thoroughly Smashed said :

What happened to aluminium cans?

Some high quality beers are being offered in cans in the US due to the fact that cans generally don’t transmit light, and hence no UV can get through to damage the hop compounds responsible for flavour in the beer.

The catch I find is that while beer from a tinnie might taste once you pour it into a glass, I prefer to drink it from a bottle if out at a picnic or somesuch.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:08 am 15 Jul 10

What happened to aluminium cans?

Some high quality beers are being offered in cans in the US due to the fact that cans generally don’t transmit light, and hence no UV can get through to damage the hop compounds responsible for flavour in the beer.

Thumper 8:27 am 15 Jul 10

I dimly remember buying a case of plastic bottled beer one time.

Dunno where, or what it was, maybe Carlton Cold, but that could be the way to go.

georgesgenitals 7:38 am 15 Jul 10

Ah Canberra – gateway to Queanbeyan (which has more character and was also here first).

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