Thursday, April 7, 2011

Container Deposit Legislation for NSW

Container Deposit Legislation is basically law that determines whether or not you pay a deposit on drink containers and have it returned when you return it for recycling.

I believe that it makes a lot of sense introducing this in New South Wales. It already exists in South Australia, where it was established way back sometime in the 1970's.

The current situation offers people in the state of New South Wales no incentive to "Do the right thing" and recycle their drink containers.

Think of every empty can, plastic and glass bottle transforming into a 10c piece. I think that the roadsides would be a lot cleaner if that were to happen. Even if a can was worth 10c for returning it and someone still threw it away, someone else would value the dollar and pick it up and save up for something they want. If this were to be introduced and these items were worth money , I guarantee there would be a large reduction in litter.

I like the idea of clean, tidy spaces - However I am already driven on the idea. Can "everyday" people see how this would be a nuisance? I mean it would mean every can of soft drink or bottle of beer would cost 10c more for the deposit (which you get back by returning it).

Google Moderator allows you to ask important questions, gather support and, with enough momentum, force key people to address the question. Do you think this could gather a following on something like Twitter or FaceBook?

I would like to see a question asked why New South Wales does not have this legislation in place, and gather all the facts and then make an informed and responsible decision whether to adopt this or maintain the status quo.

Considering that Carbon Tax is a hot topic right now, why don't people look at how many additional resources (including energy and water) are needed to make new products, rather than what recycling would consume? Do you realize if your favorite drinks company keeps buying new glass that it costs more, and they just put that cost on top of the price?

26 comments:

  1. That would be awesome, theres like, $20 sitting in my kitchen right now =p

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  2. "Keep your coins, I want change"
    So perfect.

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  3. We have the exact same system here in the Netherlands and it works very well. Although you do pay up front, it's alwaysa nice surprise to get money back on your next grocery run.

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  4. Thats a great recycling idea.

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  5. Yeah, I've heard about that container deposit thing before in various other countries. And it seems to really work. I wish they'd do it in England. <3

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  6. I want change too... some guy on the subway this morning was laying on the ground petting a live chicken.

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  7. I have so much money sitting in my garage right now.

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  8. this thing looks amazing .. i saw it in some cities in Germany, but in my country this is going to be impossible to accomplish :(

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  9. Great thoughts and well written.

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  10. will be mad if price of soda or beer went up

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  11. Yeah Canada has it, but I'm not sure what to think about it because I hate paying like 3 bucks more when buying a case of beer

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  12. It would encourage more cleanup, but also bring in extra money on the small scale for people who never return their bottles. Very clever, NSW. Very clever indeed. Btw, i'm nearly at my first paycheck! Keep $upporting!

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  13. well writen i agree with nuker ^^

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  14. Great article, I love the Banksy pic

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  15. Encouragement, not punishment works better.

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  16. What planet are you on DerpFiles?

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  17. We have the same rule in Germany and Netherlands as well. You get 25cents/bottle. No more bottles laying around :D

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  18. Yep, if you are ever short of a couple bucks, you can just take a stroll through a park and pack up the bottles to get some quick cash.

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  19. We need a greener earth more than ever now.

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