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DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - EDITORIAL -

Used bot­tles ways ( Even That to we in and and be more used fish­ing you cans. to re­cent could earn In golf fact, get years ex­tra balls cash that a pocket out friend was for of re­turn­ing the one money. was pond.) of the stunned over NZ$7000 to find in her his then bank 14-year- ac­count, old most had of it from col­lect­ing up cans at West­ern Springs af­ter a con­cert. The Scouts also used to raise funds with their an­nual Bot­tle Drive. In Aus­tralia, where a re­fund­able AUD5-10c tar­iff is in­cluded in the cost of a bot­tle or can of drink, Scouts still make around AUD25 mil­lion from re­turn­ing th­ese con­tain­ers. Why did that stop here? Al­though we shouldn’t have to be told not to lit­ter, there is no doubt in­cen­tives help us along that path. Ci­tiPark in Leeds is of­fer­ing free car park­ing in re­turn for plas­tic bot­tles; in Shang­hai com­muters can post clean plas­tic bot­tles into a vend­ing ma­chine in re­turn for Metro tick­ets; in Medellin (Colom­bia) com­muters can swap plas­tic bot­tles of up to three litres, tin and glass for im­me­di­ate travel cred­its; and in Surabaya ( In­done­sia) trav­ellers can catch a bus pay­ing with three bot­tles. Sounds like a plan… JANE WAR­WICK

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