If you are like me – you have probably wondered could you survive by just using the money you get to recycle cans and bottles.

 


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Whether it is a dream of being away from the office – or just as a financial backup if all else went wrong. We ask in today’s blog – could you survive if you just recycle cans and bottles that you find?

 

Depending on what you read – the answer may be yes!

What is a return and earn scheme to recycle cans?
New South Wales has recently implement a container deposit scheme called Return and Earn.

 

Under this scheme – there are a number of machines throughout the state – where you can receive 10c for disposal of a relevant container.

 

From the program website we quote below:

 

“Most 150ml to three litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible.

If a container isn’t eligible for a refund, please use a recycling bin.”

 

This includes normal cans for fizzy drinks etc.

 

Can you collect enough cans to earn a living?

 

Doing some simple back of the envelope sums – the average Australian income in 2018 is  $1,567.90 per week (for full time workers according to the ABS.

 

Recycle cans

 

That would mean collecting and returing c.16000 cans a week – which sounds huge.

 

Of course – you could survive on a lot less than this – and tax etc would likely be different.

 

Are there any examples of people who live by recycling cans?

 

South Australia has operated similar schemes for many years – and there are examples of people who add to their income in this way – or even live mostly from recycling.

 

The ABC covered some of these people:

 

“Joan says she drops in on 15 companies and 15 local homes to collect their bottles and cans every week.”

 

“Every week I go out and do what I call my rounds, I do a small walk around the block to residents and then I do the strip along the main road of businesses, who keep them aside for me,” she says.

 

“I would average at least $50 a week, in the summer it’s more lucrative.

 

One man claims to make much more:

 

“Kevin goes out at midnight every night and collects cans from midnight until 8:00am when the depot opens, making between $70 and $90 a night, “more than enough to live off”.”

 

“I’m paying my rent from picking up bottles … you learn to leave the big bottles, and you just go for the smaller, lighter items, otherwise you’re just struggling for not much money.”

 

Conclusion:

 

Kevin making up to $90 a day I think proves that you can survive by recycling.

 

I will try to remember this next time I am short of some money!

 

 

Check out a video below showing how the system works in NSW – and how to get started:

 

 

Recycle Bottles And Cans: if you are anything like Mr Waster, you can fondly remember collecting aluminium cans (or aluminum as the Americans say) at school to crush and recycle – and crushing them was the most satisfying part of the role.

 

This short post is to look at one of the newer options on the market to help your business recycling items like metal cans or plastic bottles and so boost your commingled recycling – and hopefully minimise any general waste going to landfill.

 

Waster offers a real alternative to small and medium Australian businesses for waste and recycling requirements as we have a real focus on recycling, flexible contracts (no lock in agreements) and an aim to reduce your costs.

 

You can easily and conveniently arrange your services online today through our online waste shop:

 

Recycle bottles and cans – save the elbow grease with convenient crushing devices
Things have moved along way since stamping on a drinks can was the height of technology back in my school days. There are now many very efficient crushing devices available that can suit many businesses.

 

You can see one of the leading companies in the sector here – Plastic Bottle Crusher – an American company who manufactures many sizes and shapes of machines suitable for all businesses.

 

Check out the device in action below:

 

 

 

From the website:

“Our crushers are deliberately over-engineered, made from heavy duty grade 304 stainless steel.  We set out to build the best crushing machines in the world.  When we knew we had the design right, we built them to the highest standard of robustness, not the lowest price.”

 

“Crushing containers, especially plastic containers, is fast, easy and safe with one of our machines.  It is also very satisfying.   Need a break?  Crush a bottle, smash a can.”

 

“If you are in business, waste volume reduction will save you money and signal to your customers and staff that you care about your environmental footprint.”

 

“It makes no sense to fill a bin with the airspace in empty bottles and cans, and pay for its collection.  Our equipment will help you fit more in each bin and cut that cost.”

 

At Waster – we certainly agree that a device like this could reduce bin collections and may be very beneficial for services such as waste management for cafes or pubs and clubs. Also, see our recent blog on saving money via food waste disposal machines.

 

Also see our blog on office rubbish removal Sydney and degradable plastic in commercial bins.

 

Introduction of reverse vending machine network in NSW

 

The New South Wales Government is following the lead of SA and the Northern Territory and implementing a deposit scheme with reverse vending machine networks at various collection points.

 

This program is designed to reduce litter and improve recycling facilities.

 

There are criteria which will need to be met to be eligible for a refund which is c. 10c refund per item.

 

You can see more details and the network of collection points under the scheme here.

 

Conclusion on recycle bottles and cans

 

There are great innovations in this area such as reverse vending and container deposit schemes.

 

You can also have fun crushing your cans with old fashioned elbow grease. Collecting cans and drinks containers can be a great way to get kids, sporting groups and school groups excited to recycle bottles and cans and help the environment.

Recycle Bottles And Cans: if you are anything like Mr Waster, you can fondly remember collecting aluminium cans (or aluminum as the Americans say) at school to crush and recycle – and crushing them was the most satisfying part of the role.

 

This short post is to look at one of the newer options on the market to help your business recycling items like metal cans or plastic bottles and so boost your commingled recycling – and hopefully minimise any general waste going to landfill.

 

Waster offers a real alternative to small and medium Australian businesses for waste and recycling requirements as we have a real focus on recycling, flexible contracts (no lock in agreements) and an aim to reduce your costs.

 

You can easily and conveniently arrange your services online today through our online waste shop:

 

Recycle bottles and cans – save the elbow grease with convenient crushing devices

 

Things have moved along way since stamping on a drinks can was the height of technology back in my school days. There are now many very efficient crushing devices available that can suit many businesses.

 

You can see one of the leading companies in the sector here – Plastic Bottle Crusher – an American company who manufactures many sizes and shapes of machines suitable for all businesses.

 

Check out the device in action below:

 

 

 

From the website:

“Our crushers are deliberately over-engineered, made from heavy duty grade 304 stainless steel.  We set out to build the best crushing machines in the world.  When we knew we had the design right, we built them to the highest standard of robustness, not the lowest price.”

 

“Crushing containers, especially plastic containers, is fast, easy and safe with one of our machines.  It is also very satisfying.   Need a break?  Crush a bottle, smash a can.”

 

“If you are in business, waste volume reduction will save you money and signal to your customers and staff that you care about your environmental footprint.”

 

“It makes no sense to fill a bin with the airspace in empty bottles and cans, and pay for its collection.  Our equipment will help you fit more in each bin and cut that cost.”

 

At Waster – we certainly agree that a device like this could reduce bin collections and may be very beneficial for services such as waste management for cafes or pubs and clubs. Also, see our recent blog on saving money via food waste disposal machines.

 

Also see our blog on office rubbish removal Sydney and degradable plastic in commercial bins.

 

Introduction of reverse vending machine network in NSW

 

The New South Wales Government is following the lead of SA and the Northern Territory and implementing a deposit scheme with reverse vending machine networks at various collection points.

 

This program is designed to reduce litter and improve recycling facilities.

 

There are criteria which will need to be met to be eligible for a refund which is c. 10c refund per item.

 

You can see more details and the network of collection points under the scheme here.

 

Conclusion on recycle bottles and cans

 

There are great innovations in this area such as reverse vending and container deposit schemes.

 

You can also have fun crushing your cans with old fashioned elbow grease. Collecting cans and drinks containers can be a great way to get kids, sporting groups and school groups excited to recycle bottles and cans and help the environment.

In our regular blogs on boosting recycling and helping customers save money – we often focus on commingled recycling bins for bottle and can recycling.

 

In today’s blog – we will cover some of the major things to be aware off when arranging a commingled recycling services. We will also briefly look at container deposit schemes.

 

To highlight how plastic is becoming a huge environmental issue – I will also look at a recent report that suggests bottled water usually contains micro fragments of plastic!

 

What does Waster offer to you?

 

Waster is a waste management and recycling services business with real differences. We help small and medium business like you to boost recycling and save money on waste collection.

 

All our services are provided on flexible 30 day agreements – so you never need to worry about a lock in contract or hidden rollover clauses. We do not charge extra fees such as rentals or environmental fees so you know exactly what you will be paying.

 

You can easily and securely arrange all your waste services online today. Get started by hitting the blue button below:

 

 

Commingled bins for bottle and can recycling

 

If you operate a cafe, a restaurant or even a busy office – you will likely have lots of bottles and cans and other assorted packaging.

 

A commingled recycling bin – the yellow bin (as per the mixed recycling that you will be used to at your house), is the best solution for bottles and cans.

 

It is a commonly available service and is cost saving – it is priced lower than general waste.

 

When we speak to businesses we often suggest they implement a cardboard bin first – then move to a commingled bin for bottle and can recycling.

 

See our blog here on commingled recycling options.

 

Have you heard that we have plastic in our bottled water?

 

In recent blogs we have covered the increasing issue of plastic pollution and the devastating impact it is having on our oceans and marine life.

 

We have covered how animals eat plastic – but I was amazed to hear it is present in nearly all commercially bought waters!

 

Bottle and can recycling bin options

 

According to the Guardian newspaper – microplastics have been found in 90% of bottled wateRs tested by the WHO.

 

“In the new study, analysis of 259 bottles from 19 locations in nine countries across 11 different brands found an average of 325 plastic particles for every litre of water being sold.”

 

“In one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life, concentrations were as high as 10,000 plastic pieces per litre of water. Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics, according to the study.”

 

“The brands Orb Media said it had tested were: Aqua (Danone), Aquafina (PepsiCo), Bisleri (Bisleri International), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Epura (PepsiCo), Evian (Danone), Gerolsteiner (Gerolsteiner Brunnen), Minalba (Grupo Edson Queiroz), Nestlé Pure Life (Nestlé), San Pellegrino (Nestlé) and Wahaha (Hangzhou Wahaha Group).”

 

At the moment – it is uncertain how the plastic has entered the water – but it is felt that it is through air born contamination.

 

See our recent blog on medical waste management and sharps services.

 

You can also see our blog on when disposal waste and how the volume of waste globally is still increasing.

 

You can also see a video below covering this latest controversy on plastic in bottle water – even in very prominent brand names. Certainly gives us plenty to think about!

 

 

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