Comment 73156

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 18, 2012 at 13:19:05

British Columbia has deposits on far more containers than we, and in my time out west it seemed to work quite well. People scour parks for old pop cans and bottles, and most garbage cans had racks to leave them for others if you didn't care to return them yourself (sadly, many of these were removed for the Olympics). It's a good example of how a few cents a piece can make a dramatic change in people's actions. Also, the beer bottle industry is a very good example of successful re-use. There's little point in "recycling" such glass since sand is hardly a scarce resource (and bottles must be crushed into sand, which requires more effort). Returned, washed and re-filled, though, it's a very different story, and some (particularly 'stubbies') can do this for decades.

Thanks for all the compliments - didn't expect this to get around quite so quickly, but I'm glad it did. We urgently need better solutions than dumps and incinerators, and the first step is to ask where all this trash is coming from.

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