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The Container Deposit Scheme to reduce recycling?

By johnboy 5 July 2010 25

Simon Corbell has announced that the ACT is getting on the bandwagon for a national container deposit system (getting a few pennies for every drink bottle you bring back).

Hopefully this is meant (should it not be derailed by a big state that would already have it if they wanted it) to improve recycling rates.

Although Simon notes that South Australia, which has a CDS, has lower recycling rates than we do:

The ACT already recovers 75% of containers which is higher than South Australia at 69% where a container deposit scheme already exists.

But hey, warm fuzzies all round.

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Deref 4:15 pm 24 Aug 10

I’d love to see a deposit on all disposable packaging – particularly McDondald’s wrappers. A couple of dollars on each piece of paper would solve most of our litter problems overnight.

clp 11:40 am 06 Jul 10

The main reasons other states haven’t been keen in the past has been because of intense lobbying by the soft drink manufacturers.

astrojax 9:18 am 06 Jul 10

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/state-opposes-bottle-refund-20100705-zxna.html

victoria isn’t keen either, much for some of the same reasons canvassed above by thatsnotme and others…

Thumper 8:24 am 06 Jul 10

+1 caf..

geetee 8:20 am 06 Jul 10

Having lived in SA during the 70s (and later) when this initiative began I can say it’s a great scheme. Interesting to see the ACT and Victoria saying ‘our recycling % is higher than in SA’. I would be interested in seeing recycling rates for the past 35 years….

It’s great after a footy game or concert or similar big public event to see gangs of kids or scouts or homeless people going around with sacks and collecting cans and bottles. No need to employ people to clean up these items so surely catering costs for public (inc govt funded events) would be reduced?

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