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17 January, 2011

the plastic bags ban and recycling

10c per can/bottle for recycling

While in Adelaide (and other major towns in South Australia), Laurent and I noticed quite a number of people looking at public rubbish bins, picking up recyclable soft drink cans and plastic bottles. Following beautiful Boston's step, each can/bottle in South Australia is worth 10c (AUD) if you can be bothered to return it to one of the Recycle Depots.

And here's an interesting sign I saw:
recycle sign
A bit too direct I'd say.

As for the plastic bags, when visiting the shop, they don't give out plastics bags at all not even in supermarkets. (Of course I could buy re-usable carry bags.) I admit I was too cheap to buy plastic bags which did make us a bit inconvenient. (Laurent bought a re-usable bag on day 3.) (to Don: Antony is poor.)

As for the plastic water and soft drink bottles we drink, we placed them to recycle bins (not the recycle depots) whenever possible. (To Don: For the environment not for the money back!)

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Nespresso Recycling Bin (12 January 2011)
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extremist's ban on plastic bags (14 January 2009)

Posted by Antony on 17 January 2011 9:26 AM |

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Yes, Antony it is a good idea on the part of the South Australians, which they have had for many years.
Even though we have a high percentage of recyclable bottles and cans being collected by Councils, there are far too many still littering our streets.
A deposit system might just make it worthwhile for people to pick up and cash in for their own benefit.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 17 January 2011 11:49 AM.
I would say that streets in SA are pretty much clean from discarded cans and bottles, and the general rubbish bins don't get full that quick.
Of course, Don's beautiful Boston has a great idea on keeping the Boston beautiful.
Posted by Antony on 17 January 2011 11:58 AM.
There are actually eleven entire states that do bottle returns here in the US, it's NOT just Boston as you tried to imply.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 17 January 2011 2:01 PM.
Okay, allow me to adjust the sentence. Adelaide or South Australia is the only State in Australia that follows many US states including beautiful Boston's step on refunding money back to consumers for recycling cans/bottles.
Posted by Antony on 17 January 2011 2:09 PM.
Does South Australia require you to pay a 10-cent deposit on those bottles, or do you just get 10 cents for turning in the bottles? Here we have to pay an extra 5 cents that are only refunded if the bottle are returned.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 18 January 2011 4:12 AM.
Yes, DON, the deposit is paid when you buy the can or bottle, i.e included in price.
To my uncertain knowledge, it is the only State that does this in the entire country.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 18 January 2011 12:05 PM.
Well, if it is, it is part of the sale price, as we don't label before-tax for most common items in the shops. The price of water bottles and soft drink cans/bottles seem to be the same in SA as in Sydney.
In short, you can get 10 cents back per bottle/can when you return them to the recycle depot in South Australia, not in Sydney.
In conclusion: beautiful Boston has great ideas on keeping the city green and clean!
Posted by Antony on 19 January 2011 6:51 PM.
Again, it was [b]not[/b] Boston's idea, so obviously South Australia could not have been following Boston's lead.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 20 January 2011 7:46 AM.
Perhaps it was originated from the beautiful Boston, but the beautiful Boston made it so well. So it must be influenced by beautiful Boston.
Posted by Antony on 20 January 2011 2:00 PM.
First, how would you know that without having ever visited?
Second, how is the bottle return system in Boston any different than that elsewhere? Having lived both in Boston and Rochester, I can tell you it works exactly the same; Boston is not any better or worse at it.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 20 January 2011 4:52 PM.
Well, Boston is a better know city than Rochester.
Posted by Antony on 20 January 2011 10:20 PM.
And what does that possibly have to do with recycling bottles?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 January 2011 1:32 AM.
Boston's recycling is better known than Rochester's.
Posted by Antony on 21 January 2011 1:40 AM.
To you.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 January 2011 4:56 AM.
To you.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 January 2011 4:56 AM.
And to everybody else.
Posted by Antony on 21 January 2011 9:33 PM.
Who else?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 25 January 2011 2:55 AM.
South Australia has had a legislated deposit bottle recycling scheme since 1975. When did Beautiful Boston start theirs? Before 1975? I believe that it was 1982. Thus SA did not follow Boston. Boston followed Oregon in any case.
South Australia has had its 'KEep South Australia Beautiful' NPO organisation working hard and making a difference since 1966 in any case. We appreciate our environment and our resources. If we reward our citizens for not continuing with habits that exploit those resources, so be it. we often use it as fundraisers for other NPOs in any case, like Scouts.
Posted by jeanieofoz on 28 May 2011 12:25 PM.
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