People asked to join Kiwi Bottle Drive
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.