Friday, October 27, 2006

AFROCAB (Australians for Refunds on Cans and Bottles)

AFROCAB (Australians for Refunds on Cans and Bottles) represents the views of Australians who want something done about the growing number of cans and bottles that litter our country. They believe that the only proven solution to this problem, is a can and bottle refund system.

Over the last 12 months they carried out 121 roadside litter surveys in Victoria and South Australia. They wanted to find out how many drink containers litter Victoria’s roadsides and whether there are as many along South Australia’s roadsides which has a refund.

  • Drink containers are about 50% of all roadside litter in Victoria.
  • Surveys found 170 drink containers per kilometre along Victoria’s rural roads and highways.
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Anonymous Graham Wegner said...

Tony, while Victorians are still discussing a deposit refund for bottles and cans, South Australia is now looking at increasing its deposit value from 5c up to 20c according to a recent report. I have heard many anecdotes from South Aussie travellers who head over to the footy in Melbourne, that they really do notice roadside rubbish as they cross the border and yes, mainly bottles and cans. I hardly ever throw a recyclable deposit container and when I do, it's usually into the school's recycling bins and they get the cash benefit later. It can be a revenue raiser for groups like Scouts - the financial bonus for them when cleaning up a stretch of road or a park. I think Victoria has to pick up this initiative - forget that South Australia has popularised it! I can still remember getting extra pocket money through can and bottle collection when it first started in the mid 70's but now most people recycle and cash in their own.

Saturday, October 28, 2006 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Roland said...

It is about time that we followed the lead set by SA. I suspect that only hip pocket incentives such as refundable deposits will drive consumers to hand back their bottles for recycling.

Our school is reluctant to introduce any recycling system. I must revisit this now that I am on the school council.

Sunday, October 29, 2006 12:32:00 AM  

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