Bottle Deposits or Container Return Schemes (CRS) are a step towards zero waste. They are the most effective way to make a circular economy for plastic bottles, drink cans and glass bottles. A CRS provides incentive to recycle, preventing litter. It will help our seas become plastic free and keep bottles and cans out of landfills!

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Why throw away a good thing? We already had a working system system like this until the 1980’s.

Oceans are cool; A bottle deposit system in New Zealand would reduce litter by 65% and beyond. That means cleaner, healthier oceans and beaches for us!

Make a mill or two; in Australia, the Scouts make $25 million a year! Bottle deposits are great for the whole community.

New jobs; A bottle deposit system in New Zealand will create more than 2,000 new entry-level jobs.

Join the leaders, New Zealand! The rest of the world is ahead of us and we need to catch up. In Australia, all but two states have schemes in place, or plans approved, while Germany has achieved a 98% recycling rate on plastic bottles.

We’re lovin’ it; 90% of local councils already support introducing such a scheme and a recent study showed 91% of New Zealanders were keen.

Bringing in a bottle deposit scheme is a key step for taking New Zealand towards a zero waste society, where we effectively steward limited resources. By collecting all those bottles and cans, we would be holding onto a resource to then reuse it – and with higher recycling rates we can do better quality recycling!

Bottle deposits would also be encouraging innovation and creating infrastructure to reuse other wasted materials, moving us closer to zero waste. There will be big cuts in carbon emissions to be gained through using more recycled material in manufacturing – helping us mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

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A significant part of our campaigning is based on research done by Envision.

For all the details on how and why a Bottle Deposit Scheme would work have a read of their 2015 “InCentive to Recycle” report in full and summary.

You can also view our updated (2019) model, depicting a best-practice bottle deposit scheme for New Zealand – check it out here.