Peo­ple asked to join Kiwi Bot­tle Drive

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

Ki­wis throw away enough empty bev­er­age con­tain­ers to fill 700, Boe­ing-747 jets each year.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Cash for Con­tain­ers New Zealand, which wants to bring back a na­tional Cash for Con­tain­ers scheme.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is back­ing the move and is or­gan­is­ing the Kiwi Bot­tle Drive in town to raise aware­ness and en­cour­age peo­ple to re­cy­cle more.

The drive will al­low peo­ple to swap an in­di­vid­ual bev­er­age bot­tle and alu­minum can for 10 cents.

Cash for Con­tain­ers, on its web­site, said mil­lions of dol­lars worth of govern­ment grants, to boost bev­er­age con­tainer re­cy­cling, has made lit­tle im­pact on New Zealand’s poor re­cy­cling rates.

It claims that since 2008, the New Zealand Govern­ment has given out nearly $7 mil­lion in tax­payer funded grants for ini­tia­tives to re­cy­cle bev­er­age con­tain­ers.

Most of that money has gone to groups rep­re­sent­ing cor­po­rate pack­ag­ing and bev­er­age in­dus­tries with a vested in­ter­est to re­tain the sta­tus quo.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata mem­ber Gord Ste­wart says a Cash for Con­tain­ers scheme would pro­vide many ben­e­fits for Ki­wis.

Ten cents is re­warded for ev­ery bot­tle that gets re­cy­cled through the bot­tle de­posit and would triple re­cy­cling rates.

Ste­wart says it would would re­duce plas­tic in the oceans, re­duce CO2 emis­sions, sup- ple­ment low in­comes, create over 2000 jobs and fund com­mu­nity groups.

It could save Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil $26 mil­lion in land­fill costs per year, which were nor­mally passed on to ratepay­ers.

The Bot­tle Drive will be held at the Mata­mata Trac­tor and Ma­chin­ery Yard from 8am-11am (en­try is off Meura Street) on Au­gust 12.

Clear plas­tic drink bot­tles, clear, brown or green glass bev­er­age bot­tles (in­clud­ing wine bot­tles) and alu­minum cans are all ac­cepted. No jars.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is en­cour­ag­ing schools and groups to get col­lect­ing and use the bot­tle drive as a fundraiser. Limit of $20 per per­son - while funds last. You can also show your sup­port for a con­tainer de­posit scheme by sign­ing Tran­si­tion Mata­mata’s pe­ti­tion.

Look for vol­un­teers out­side NZ Post and the Life Phar­macy on Arawa Street from Au­gust 7-11 or sign on-line at www.cash­for­con­tain­ers.co.nz. The Kiwi Bot­tle Drive is sup­ported by Tran­si­tion Mata­mata, Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil, Smart En­vi­ron­ment, Ki­wa­nis and Mata­mata Chron­i­cle.

Kiwi Bot­tle Drive is com­ing to Mata­mata in Au­gust. In­set: Gord Ste­wart, Tran­si­tion Mata­mata.

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