How many drink containers is NSW really tossing every year? The answer is uglyPosted on April 6, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Official figures say NSW litters 4 per cent of all beverage containers every year. That’s 168 million bottles and cans, 17,700 tonnes. But is that really all?
Domestic and international recycling companies have estimated there would be an investment of up to $160 million in a world’s best practice container deposit scheme.
Companies such as Remondis, Envirobank Recycling, TOMRA and Revive Recycling have pitched their support for a scheme that includes 600-800 automated redemption points, automated and manual depots in lower population areas and hubs to service the commercial and industrial sector.
“A CDS in NSW using world’s best practice will reclaim around 1 billion containers every year…and will upgrade the recycling of a further 2 billion or so. Together this is conservatively estimated to be worth around $35 million annually,” said Markus Fraval, CEO of Revive Recycling.
This article only mentions the 4% that are littered or 168 million bottles and cans in NSW alone. 168 million!
But what about the other 70% that end up in landfills and are lost resources for Australia. That is a much bigger problem.