Container Deposit System

Posted by PPRS on April 19, 2016

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Households in New Zealand produce significant amounts of waste, some of which is recycled via kerbside collection schemes or drop off recycling programmes. A number of countries operate container deposit schemes (CDSs) that can deliver high rates of recycling for beverage containers, e.g. an estimated return rate of around
80% in South Australia compared to an estimated return rate of 69% for glass, plastic and aluminium beverage containers via kerbside recycling in New Zealand.

Covec has updated their 2008 analysis and produced this summary report that provides an overview of the costs and benefits associated with the introduction of a container deposit system.

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