October 29, 2009
South Australia's 10cm bottle, can refund scheme a success
SOUTH Australians recycled 76.8 million more bottles and cans in the year after the drink container refund was doubled to 10c.
Environment Minister Jay Weatherill this morning revealed the decision to lift the drink container deposit scheme refund from 5c to 10c last September prompted South Australians to return 592.55 million containers in the year to August 31, up from 515.7 million in the 2007-08 financial year.
That resulted in $33.5 million more money in the pockets of those choosing to recycle and 48,417 tonnes of containers saved from landfill.
Mr Weatherill said the results should encourage other states to introduce a similar scheme.
"I'll be asking other states to look at the success of South Australia's container deposit scheme in reducing litter, increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill," he said.
The 5c refund was introduced in 1977.