Commodities Returned

RECYCLING CENTRES ESTABLISHED UNDER SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CDL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN RECYCLING BOTH DEPOSIT AND KERBSIDE RECYCLED COMMODITIES

Container Deposit Legislation is the responsible tool for South Australia having recovery rates for beverage containers far in excess of those achieved in other States.

Container Deposit Legislation is not the only tool for recycling in South Australia. All Metropolitan Councils operate kerbisde collection systems which as well as accepting those value added commodities, also accept commodities such as, plastic containers, plastic milk containers, steel cans, paper and cardboard, deposit and non deposit glass which includes wine and food containers and liquidpaperboard milk and juice containers.

Added to the above some recycling centres provide drop off facilities for those same commodities as collected through the kerbside collection system, thus providing consumers with the benefit of one stop recycling with cash benefits.

Cash is also paid at recycling centres for car batteries and non ferrous metals.

The chart on the following page shows the tonnages of materials returned to recycling centres as well as those returned via kerbside collection systems. These figures relate to tonnages returned and processed by these centres and show that in excess of 109,000 tonnes were recycled in 1997.

TOTAL TONNAGES OF ALL COMMODITIES RETURNED THROUGH RECYCLING CENTRES AND KERBSIDE SHOWING KERSIDE AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL RECYCLED

 

COMMODITY

RECYCLING CENTRE

KERBSIDE

TOTAL

KERBSIDE %

RECYCLING CENTRE %

Deposit Cans

3061.8

53.2

3115

1.74%

98.26%

Deposit Glass

33172.2

907.8

34080

2.66%

97.34%

Deposit PET

2789.9

275.1

3065

8.97%

91.03%

Deposit Refill Glass S/Drink

7970.2

79.8

8050

.99%

99.1%

Wine Refillable

766.4

178.6

945

7.66%

92.34

Non Deposit Glass

7401.3

4718.7

12120

38.93%

61.07%

Brass, Copper, Batteries

5125

 

5125

 

100%

PVC

63

78.5

141.5

55.47%

44.53%

HDPE

130

792.2

922.2

85.90%

14.10%

LPB

333

774.1

1107.1

69.92%

30.08/5

Paper and Cardboard

8061

27066.9

35127.9

77.05%

22.95%

Non Deposit PET

19.2

312.5

331.7

94.21%

5.79%

Steel

3600

1938.3

5538.3

34.90%

65.10%

Total

71493

37175.7

109668.7

33.90%

66.10%