Ex­cess pack­ag­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

I have just read Fiona Allen’s let­ter in last week’s Manukau Courier and her frus­tra­tion at stupid and ar­ro­gant peo­ple re­gard­ing their rub­bish bins and re­cy­cling.

This let­ter ought to have been in ev­ery news­pa­per, though I fear that the ones who need to read it are prob­a­bly too stupid to do so.

I how­ever be­lieve at least half the blame for Auck­land’s rub­bish prob­lem must go to cor­po­rates and busi­ness.

There is so much pack­ag­ing now with even the small­est item and it is of the sort that can­not be re­cy­cled, it is no won­der bins are over­flow­ing. My house­hold re­fuses to pur­chase goods with ex­cess pack­ag­ing and we will leave pack­ag­ing at a shop to make a point when pos­si­ble. It’s most amus­ing to watch the shop­keeper’s ex­pres­sion when you re­move the item and leave card­board, foam and plas­tic on the counter. If enough peo­ple did this, the mes­sage would soon hit home.

I would also like to ask why we don’t have a re­turn fee on bot­tles and cans at point of sale. Years ago streets were free of bot­tles be­cause kids re­turned them for the re­fund. I be­lieve that if you pack­age any item you must be re­spon­si­ble for the pack­ag­ing, ev­ery busi­ness from McDon­ald’s and Sub­way to Co­caCola and Star­bucks and all busi­nesses should an­swer for the rub­bish they cre­ate. Any­way thank you Fiona, for be­ing an elo­quent voice to many peo­ple’s frus­tra­tion.

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