Not only is it good for reducing litter and for recovering valuable materials from the waste stream, a container deposit scheme also increases employment within the recycling industry, and brings other community benefits in the form of income generation.
Do you have an interesting story to tell about what the container deposit scheme means to you? Have you, or your community group collected empty bottles and cans and used the refunds to buy sporting equipment or for other initiatives?
We’d like to hear your story! If you would like your story to appear on this page, please forward brief details of what you hav been able to achieve through the scheme via email. Please provide your contact details.
Story from The Signal, Volume 82, December 2015
Mylor CFS, along with many other volunteer fire brigades, uses the 10c containers to allow them to purchase useful equipment in a timely manner. Without this income the fire fighting unit would simply not function as effectively. It has become vital to the operations!
KESAB Environmental Solutions
KESAB and the South Australian community have strong working relationships to maximise beverage container recycling through container deposit legislation.
Partnering with Recyclers of SA (108 depots), providing beverage container recycling grants, working with schools through the Zero Waste SA–KESAB Wipe Out Waste program and conducting the annual KESAB Sustainable Communities Awards all contribute to millions of containers being recycled across South Australia each year.
KESAB partners EPA and Zero Waste SA to encourage increased CDL recycling on the remote APY Lands working with Aboriginal communities. Income collected from deposit refunds in turn supports school and sports activities on the Lands.
Communities are very innovative and there are many examples of collection infrastructure and processes being implemented at the local level.
Our Sustainable Communities program highlights the efforts of Progress Associations, schools, Scouts SA and other community groups installing beverage container recovery bins and sheds, glass cullet processing and different bins and signs to maximise collection with thousands of dollars being re-invested back into community.
Value adding is also achieved through local recycling, as often non-deposit resources including wine bottles, food jars, cardboard and newspapers are collected as part of overall resource recovery activities in the community.
Scouts Australia (SA Branch)
The Scout Association of Australia (SA Branch) is the largest not-for-profit, volunteer-based and youth-oriented organisation in South Australia.
The Scouts in South Australia generate a significant income from the operation of 10 recycling depots, a hotel collection service, council collection contracts and trucking operations, as well as servicing most major events in SA, and overall employs more than 100 people.
In 2015 the Scouts received more than 90 million containers through its collection centres, putting in excess of $9 million in refunds back in to the wider community.
The Scouts handles approximately 29,000 tonnes of recyclable beverage containers and other products each year. Two of the Scouts depots, located at Pooraka and Edinburgh North, are fully automated facilities using state-of-the-art bar-code reading and counting technology.
The profits derived from the operation are directed back into the Scout Association to help develop the youth program in South Australia, enabling the provision of modern and exciting adventurous activity equipment and facilities as well as keeping youth membership affordable for the community.
The Scouts consider there is no doubt that container deposit legislation is an excellent program to provide environmental benefits and benefits to the community.
St Joseph's Tranmere
The Year 6/7 students and staff of St Joseph’s Tranmere will be going to Canberra in 2014 and to assist to bring the costs down, we are endeavouring to raise funds by utilising community type events. An idea initiated by students to raise funds was to recycle cans, bottles and flavoured milk which carries a 10 cent deposit.
Since 2013, our school community has managed to recycle 16 x 240 litre wheelie bins of recyclable cans, bottles, carton. Each bin holds approximately 250-300 items, approximately 4,800. A parent volunteers to transport the bins to a local recycling depot. We are averaging 5 wheelie bins per term
We have raised close to $500 towards our Kids for Canberra Fundraising Drive. Very minimal outlay for positive sustainable and economic returns.