Nickel for your Beer?
Check out this find from a recent beach cleanup! Are there any beer experts who can estimate the date of this can?
Aluminum cans have been reported to be the most recycled beverage container by the public, as well as the most recyclable. In fact, as of 2010, aluminum cans were considered by many to be the most sustainable choice for a beverage container, with glass as a runner-up. But this depends on the market and it depends on the public actively placing aluminum cans in the recycle bin instead of a bin destined for the landfill.
I ran a poll on my Instagram stories recently and asked about recycling and redemption in states that have bottle bills. Basically you pay an extra $0.05 or $0.06 as a deposit for every beverage container that you purchase at a store, and when you turn those containers back in at a redemption center, you get your deposit back. It’s a fabulous idea in theory to offer a financial incentive to recycle, but for some, it’s too much of a hassle to bother with getting their nickels back.
In Hawaii, we’ve seen the redemption rate drop by about 5-10% in recent years and we’re trying to figure out a solution to bring those numbers back up. A bill was proposed to raise the fee to $0.10 per container. Some people are proposing that grocery stores (who are vehemently opposed to this idea) have redemption centers inside the store to make it easier for people to bring containers back to somewhere they’re already going. What would incentivize you to recycle more of your beverage containers?