What do you think are the top 3 most important issues to be considered as part of the review of the SA Container Deposit Scheme?

Hello and welcome to the discussion forum on improving South Australia's container deposit scheme.

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What do you think are the top 3 most important issues to be considered as part of the review of the SA Container Deposit Scheme?

Provide your feedback in the discussion below.

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Mark Parnell

22 Feb 2019

Thanks for the opportunity to comment on the future of CDL. As you know, it was originally only about litter control, whereas today, more people see it as resource recovery initiative as well.

I think there is great scope to expand the scheme to other types of material, particular where there is an established market. Since the Chinese lowered the contamination threshold for imported recyclables, there is now a more pressing reason to segregate more material at source. CDL is one of the best ways to do this.

Aside from expanding the types of containers and other waste products that are subject to the scheme, I think there is also scope to tap into people who might be prepared to separate more waste at source, even if they don't get paid a deposit. I'm thinking about glass in particular. Most people don't know that you can return glass jars and wine bottles to the same depot that you take your deposit containers. Having visited the NAWMA co-mingled recycling facility, I can see how much easier it would be if there was greater separation at source. Much of the glass included in the co-mingled yellow-lid bins ends up being smashed is much harder to extract. I expect most ends up in landfill.

I would also like to see greater emphasis on CDL depots being available for other types of separated household recyclable waste including e-waste. You could fund this additional service with unredeemed CDL deposits.

I look forward to seeing the outcomes from this review.

Mark Parnell MLC, Greens SA, Parliament of South Australia

Belinda H

15 Feb 2019

Specifically limited to the CDS, we need to consider the use of Electronic Refund Machines like the Eastern States. However, who supplies these and who gains their profits? If it is Councils etc, who then compensates the Scouts and private businesses who will inevitably suffer a downturn in their business?
Do we licence existing CDS participants an area within which they can expand their reach and install their own machines (if they so choose)? This would remove the cost burden from Councils and the potential loss but would be an additional burden for the businesses should they opt to take it up. Smart locations would be local shopping centres etc.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Belinda H

19 Feb 2019

Hi Belinda, thank you for your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the container deposit scheme.
Regards

Trudy McGowan

09 Feb 2019

SA has led the way with recycling & needs to continue. A focus on reduction of all plastics used throughout the delivery chain from producer to consumer. Use of rewards, penalties & banning. Incentives for all materials to be recyclable or compostable. Penalties for not. This needs to happen in the next couple of years.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Trudy McGowan

19 Feb 2019

Hi Trudy, thank you for your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the container deposit scheme.
Regards

Sarah Macdonald

04 Feb 2019

All containers should be identified recyclable or compostable. Any other containers should be banned.
There is such a difference in amount of litter (mostly drink bottles), seen in places like South Australia, or Ontario Can. where there are container deposits and the rest of the world where there are not. I was shocked by the litter throughout Europe.
We definitely need to put a stop to plastic packaging (wrap) but I don't see this as a deposit item, perhaps as suggested below, a tax might discourage it or a mandatory change to a recyclable or compostable material

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Sarah Macdonald

19 Feb 2019

Hello Sarah, thank you for taking the time to comment. Your feedback will help inform a review of the SA CDS.

Alec Gargett

02 Feb 2019

1) All containers should have either deposits or taxes on them (preferably both) whether they are recyclable or not. Both taxes and deposits help to reduce unnecessary packaging. Deposits encourage proper disposal. Taxes could cover the cost of proper disposal and recycling.

2) Check that people are differentiating their waste properly, and fine them if they do not. If that were done properly then deposits could perhaps even be calculated by the weight of the container & deposits returned based on the weight of each properly loaded bin.

3) Invest in the technology to automatically sort *all* waste, even the landfill bin, so that nothing ends up in the wrong place.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Alec Gargett

19 Feb 2019

Hello Alec, some great comments, thank you.
Regards

Lynn Kurcz

15 Jan 2019

(1) We need more places to drop off soft plastics eg. containers for berries, small tomatoes etc.
(2) Container deposits for wine bottles and all glass products.
(3) Stop the use of plastic bags for fruit & veg.

Stop the use of plastic lined coffee cups, straws etc

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Lynn Kurcz

17 Jan 2019

Hi Lynn, thank you for your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the container deposit scheme.
Regards

Coen Bakker

15 Jan 2019

Food-waste is a mayor unseen issue, causing global CO2, because food waste emits a lot of methane. Same like a milk carton blows up when it is out of the fridge. Then the waste is transported over long distances with dirty diesel trucks. Or it will be dumped on landfill, or it is incinerated. But food-waste is wet waste, very hard to burn...
It is better to transform the food-waste on-site into biogas and elektricity, and compost and natural fertilizer. All possible with a local Waste Transformer. Here is a short video about one of The Waste Transformers in Cape Town in South Africa, where all organic (food) waste is transformed on-site. https://youtu.be/k6E-5PBx4KI

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Coen Bakker

17 Jan 2019

Hi Coen, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the SA container deposit scheme.
Regards

David Mussared

14 Jan 2019

(1) Extend to more items (eg wine bottles, jam / sauce / condiment food jars and tins, milk bottles / cartons etc.)
(2) Introduce incentives for re-usable containers (like the old 'echo' bottles)
(3) Introduce financial penalties on supermarkets and manufacturers for packaging which is harmful to the environment, or unnecessary

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > David Mussared

17 Jan 2019

Hi David, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the SA container deposit scheme.
Regards

NormandBobbie Bennett

14 Jan 2019

There needs to be many more items included in the container deposit scheme.
Rather than increase the deposit encourage other states to follow S As example.
Make it a little easier to return deposit items.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > NormandBobbie Bennett

17 Jan 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the SA container deposit scheme.

Alicia Siegel

13 Jan 2019

For me the most important issue is forcing the big supermarket chains to stop unnecessarily packaging fruits, vegetables, meats etc in plastic and styrofoam for individual sale. Woolworths and Aldi have single pieces of fruit wrapped in plastic! What is the point of community members doing our best to care for our environment when these huge supermarkets keep finding more and more ways to create more rubbish? We can't keep up. Secondly, I would happily support a ban on straws and plastic utensils and lastly please include wine and milk bottles in the deposit scheme.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Alicia Siegel

17 Jan 2019

Hi Alicia, some great comments there, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.
Your comments will help inform a review of the SA container deposit scheme.