Remember way back when you used to get a refund for your cans or glass bottles?
The team at the Waiuku Recycling Centre can, and they are offering the community a glimpse of what it used to be like by supporting the Kiwi Bottle Drive.
This Saturday, from 1pm until 3pm, members of the community can exchange their recyclable bottles and cans for 10c per item. There will be a limit of 50 items per customer.
The initiative has been derived from the Kiwi Bottle Drive campaign, which is putting the call out to the government to re-introduce bottle deposits.
Sue Wallis, General Manager of the Waiuku Community Recycling Centre, agrees that the legislation needs to be brought back in.
“We have a litter problem, and here is a solution that can address it. I am not sure why it was ceased in the 1980s, but hopefully this drive encourages the Government to bring it back.”
The campaign states that bottle deposits are the best known way to stop plastic bottles, drink cans and glass bottles from ending up in the sea or being dumped on land.
“There is the incentive to collect littered containers for cash, which will ensure a lot less plastic in the sea. I also have fond memories of collecting bottles and cans for ice block money as a child. It would great to see the generations of today being given the chance to do that as well,” said Sue.
Sue said the idea has been proven to be working effectively in other countries, including Australia and Sweden.
“There are reasons why these countries have brought back bottle deposits. It works extremely well, and it helps places like us survive, and the benefits to the environment are huge.”
To advocate further for the system to make a come back, Sue says that messages can also be sent to Minister Scott Simpson on a bottle.These are then free-posted to Parliament to help raise awareness, and to encourage the Government to take action.
“Come in and learn more about this cause,” encourages Sue.
For more information on the Kiwi Bottle Drive, visit www.kiwibottledrive.co.nz