The case for expanding Container Deposit Schemes – AustraliaPosted on January 11, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Kerbside recycling schemes commenced in the late 1980s and early 1990s in response to increasing environmental awareness under the mantra ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’. The community was looking for a practical hands-on solution to stem the tide of a proliferation of packaging and wasted resources.
We know that glass is a challenge in kerbside collections, producing a low-quality, contaminated product. It is also one of the most popular containers redeemed in a CDS, producing a quality feedstock for infinite glass recycling and remanufacture. Our data from NSW kerbside pre- and post-CDS introduction reveals an average reduction of 60 per cent of eligible containers are diverted from kerbside recycling bins, by count. As glass weighs up to 10 times more than other containers, taking this out of kerbside bins impacts fortnightly recycling bin weights. To have a separate kerbside bin for glass only, and a CDS system in place, seems like overkill.
Unless a deposit scheme is made for all glass containers, then we don’t think it is over kill. A lot of household jars are glass and they do need to be kept separate. Glass are the least littered drink bottle type compared with the plastic and metal.