Should we ban the sale of beverage containers that present challenges for recycling?

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Should we ban the sale of beverage containers that present challenges for recycling? 

Provide your feedback in the discussion below.

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Sophie Hayat

20 Feb 2019

Yes, for example McDonalds drink containers used for drinks such as slushies are found all throughout the local parks. These drinks are so cheap and no consideration is given to their disposal. McDonald's hands these out constantly without having to take any social or environmental responsibility for where these end up. They should be banned or add on a very significant cost per cup for having to give out these containers. This is just one example, but we really need to get strict on the manufacture and waste of all disposable packaging.

Sam Ryan

19 Feb 2019

Yes, mixed materials and other items that cannot be easily recycled pose a real challenge and are often relegated to landfill. Instead of putting the burden on recycling services, it makes more sense to ban these types of materials, as the industries making these products would quickly make the switch.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Sam Ryan

19 Feb 2019

Thank you for your comment Sam, we will consider your feedback in the SA CDS review

Paula Sagar

15 Feb 2019

Yes absolutely. Starting with take away coffee cups! But there also needs to be encouragement for manufacturers and producers to move back to the 'old fashioned' containers of cardboard and glass, which are generally easier to recycle than plastic.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Paula Sagar

19 Feb 2019

Thank you for your comment Paula, we will consider your feedback in the SA CDS review

Belinda H

15 Feb 2019

Yes but I am curious to know exactly which ones are a challenge? Specifics would be helpful.

Kay Ronai

06 Feb 2019

Yes we should ban them or add a significant government surcharge on those items, so people are encouraged to buy products in recycled packaging.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Kay Ronai

19 Feb 2019

Thank you for your comment Kay, we will consider your feedback in the SA CDS review

Sarah Macdonald

04 Feb 2019

Yes. We have more than enough recyclable glass, plastic or metal containers to choose from. Why allow any that are a challenge to recycle?

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Sarah Macdonald

19 Feb 2019

Thank you for your comment Sarah, we will consider your feedback in the SA CDS review

Alec Gargett

02 Feb 2019

Yes, or you could just charge whatever the cost of recycling is, which may function like a ban in practice.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Alec Gargett

19 Feb 2019

Thank you for your comment Alec, we will consider your feedback in the SA CDS review

Nicola Lieff

22 Jan 2019

Yes, making manufacturers use packaging that can be recycled will help the landfill problem

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Nicola Lieff

19 Feb 2019

Hi Nicola thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We will consider your feedback in the review.

Sandy Edwards

22 Jan 2019

Yes!! And not just beverage containers unnecessary food packing as well. Do we really need all this plastic on fresh produce to get it home just to unpackage it all, throw the plastic away and leave it sit unwrapped in our fruit bowls? No!!

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Sandy Edwards

19 Feb 2019

Hi Sandy thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We will consider your feedback in the review.

Ellie Firns

20 Jan 2019

Yes! Most definitely! Why have we got so many different types of packaging anyway? Most definitely stick to recyclable products. We need to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce. And if the product is recyclable multiple times that's good. Simplify! Tetrapaks annoy me no end! Unfortunately i use a Tetrapaks a lot but I'm aware they are not the easiest thing to recycle, if they can be at all. Time for change!

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Ellie Firns

19 Feb 2019

Hi Ellie, thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We will consider your feedback in the review.

Corinne Ang

15 Jan 2019

Yes. I am sure they can find alternative packaging for their beverages. But as Alison said, this ban should be extended to everything that is non recyclable such as plastic foam sheets etc

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Corinne Ang

19 Feb 2019

Hi Corinne thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback on the SA CDS review.. We will consider your feedback in the review.

Michelle Etheridge

15 Jan 2019

Yes. We need to take the growing landfill problem much more seriously.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Michelle Etheridge

19 Feb 2019

Hi Michelle thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We will consider your feedback in the review.

Alison Fairlamb

14 Jan 2019

Although it will probably cause a negative stir, yes. It would be the most thorough solution to the pollution problem. The ban should extend to packaging that is non-recyclable, making the goods distributors and manufacturers responsible for the package at point of sale.

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Strategic Communications and Engagement, EPA > Alison Fairlamb

19 Feb 2019

Hi Alison thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We will consider your feedback in the review.