Frequently Asked Questions

Statement
The trend in the beverage industry is toward lightweight packaging, to minimise impact, Container Deposit Legislation favours refillable bottles which are heavier, using more resources.
These statements are ill founded. Container Deposit Legislation was initially introduced to control the States most visual form of litter, the beverage container. This was later extended to glass, refillable and non refillable containers. It does not favour either and both are treated in the same manner. Because of washing and refilling, refillable bottles do use more resources but are used many times with associated energy savings.

Question
What is the public's thoughts of the legislation in South Australia?
Over the years many surveys have been undertaken. In all of these, close to 80% of respondents have stated that they support Container Deposit Legislation and would like to see it extended to include other beverages and products.

Statement
South Australians pay more for their beverages due to Container Deposit Legislation.
This statement is not true. Surveys undertaken have shown that beverage prices, net of deposit, are comparable to those elsewhere in Australia.

Industry Says
In South Australia, beverage container litter is only marginally less than other states.
In fact. The reduction of litter in South Australia is dramatic. SA is the least littered State in Australia, a fact often commented on by interstate and overseas visitors.

Industry Says
CDL contradicts litter prevention strategies by sending a message to the broader community that "someone else will clean it up after you".
In fact, CDL creates a real incentive for people to clean up after themselves, reinforcing rather than distracting from other littering strategies. CDL sends a clear message to consumers that they themselves are responsible for ensuring that the container they purchased is returned or they forfeit their deposit.

ONE FACT the beverage industry does not disagree with, is that CDL is an effective way to avoid disposing drinking bottles in landfills.