Ad Campaign Calls For Government To Bring In Bottle Deposits

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Ad Campaign Calls For Government To Bring In Deposits On
Beverage Containers

The Kiwi Bottle Drive is launching
an ad campaign today, to encourage the government to
immediately implement a beverage Container Return

Every year 1.3 billion beverage
containers end up either littered or landfilled in Aotearoa
New Zealand. This is more than half the total number of
drinks put on the market, and equivalent to around 30 times
the size of the Beehive.

A key solution to
our rubbish crisis is a 20-cent refundable deposit on all
beverage containers.

A well-designed Container
Return Scheme would more than double New Zealand’s
beverage container return rate
, from the current
rate of around 40%, up to 85% or even higher. The result
would be less landfilling, less litter, more high-quality
recycling, more green jobs, and the potential to wash and
reuse more bottles too – like in the old days.

already know that 83% of New Zealanders and 90% of local
councils, as well as organisations like Coca Cola and the
New Zealand Beverage Council, support the introduction of a
nation-wide beverage Container Return Scheme,” said Olga
Darkadaki, Campaigner at the Kiwi Bottle Drive.

councils stand to make significant gains under an effective
container return scheme, which could see collective savings
in the tens of millions each year.

government already has a comprehensive proposed scheme
specifically for Aotearoa, having funded a design process
throughout 2019 and 2020. All that is now required is for
the government to take the next step and agree to making
this scheme a reality in New Zealand through
,” added Darkadaki.

“Rather than
winding up on beaches, roadsides and in landfills, bottles
and cans will be collected and made available for good
quality recycling or better yet, reuse,” added

New Zealand is lagging behind other
countries when it comes to Container Return Schemes. Such
initiatives are commonplace throughout Canada, Europe, and
increasingly, Australia, which will have a scheme in all
states by 2023.

Countries with Container Return
Schemes see far higher return rates than countries without
schemes, and much lower rates of litter. For example,
Germany’s scheme, operational since 2002, achieves a
return rate of 98%. 

“We can’t
afford to let these massive quantities of valuable
recyclable materials simply become rubbish and marine
pollution. Adopting a national Container Return Scheme with
a 20-cent deposit on beverage containers is essential. We
urge the government to act and call on the New Zealand
public to help us push the government to do
said Darkadaki.

The public can show
their support for a comprehensive Container Return Scheme
for Aotearoa by sending an email to Environment Minister,
David Parker through the Kiwi Bottle Drive website

  1. For
    further information see:
  2. Ministry for the
    Environment submission on a Container Return Scheme, 29 May
  3. Report
    of the Environment Committee, February 2021:
  4. Open letter to
    Environment Minister David Parker, co-signed by the Kiwi
    Bottle Drive and 63 more organisations in support of a
    comprehensive CRS, April 2021:
  5. Happy
    Returns 2.0: An optimum model for New Zealand’s container
    recycling scheme, May 2021:

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