South Australia Celebrates 40 Years Of Container Deposit Legislation

South Australia Celebrates 40 Years Of Container Deposit Legislation

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

South Australia Celebrates 40 Years Of Leading In Recycling Beverage Containers

Victor P Taffa

South Australia is celebrating 40 years since the introduction of the container deposit legislation, leading the nation in the recovery, recycling and litter reduction of beverage containers.

“South Australians have embraced this legislation and we have extensive community support for the scheme. Community groups are highly involved with the scheme, using it to raise funds. More than $60 Million is returned to the community each year.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“Scheme has also been instrumental in engaging community groups and has generated significant employment in the recycling sector.”

More than 6 Billion containers have been returned under the scheme, with an average annual return of around 80 %. This equates to about 583 Million containers that are recovered and recycled, ultimately resulting in a reduction of landfill waste.

Background

Introduction of disposable drink containers in the 1970’s led to a spike in the volume of litter in our streets, parks, beaches and waterways.

Container deposit legislation, which came into effect in 1977, allows clearly marked and authorised containers sold in South Australia to be claimed for a refund.

Beverage suppliers add an extra cost to their product to cover the refund, which can be redeemed more than 120 collection depots throughout South Australia.

In 2003, the South Australian Government extended the scheme to cover non-carbonated soft drinks, pure fruit juice and flavoured milk containers.

In 2008, the refund increased from 5 cents to 10 cents and led to more participation.

Container deposit scheme was declared a Heritage Icon in 2006 by the National Trust of South Australia in recognition its role in contributing to the State’s cultural identity.