July 29, 2010
Roxby recycling on the riseSouth Australians are recycling more drink containers than ever before.
Figures show the return rate for all beverage containers increased by 5.6 per cent in the past financial year to an overall record high of 80.1 per cent.
Paula Dall and Barry Thompson from Brenton Smith Holdings (BSH) recycling depot told The Roxby Downs Sun the increase had clearly been reflected in Roxby Downs.
“Now that people are becoming more aware about recycling and the South Australian 10 cent rebate, we are seeing more people recycling their drink containers,” Ms Dall said.
“I would encourage more people to recycle because not only does it help the environment and reduce landfill, it can put some extra money in your pocket.”
She said interstate residents have been known to drop off their containers and forget to return for their money, because they did not know about the rebate.
“If that happens after six months we donate the money to the Royal Flying Doctors Service.”
Mr Thompson, who has worked at the recycling centre before and after the rebate rise, said the extra five cents clearly coincided with the recycling increase.
Environment and Conservation Minister Paul Caica said the record breaking return rate was fantastic to see.
“Since the refund was increased in September 2008, approximately 1.125 billion beverage containers have been returned to recycling depots for a refund, representing more than $112.5 million going back into the pockets of the community… our container deposit scheme is one of the most successful litter management and recycling schemes in Australia.”
The recycling depot can be found at 10-12 Gosse Street, Roxby Downs and is open from 8am-4pm weekdays and 8am-1pm on Saturdays.