Letter to the Editor - February 7: Fast food litter fix

IT APPEARS very likely that the New South Wales Government will introduce a deposit scheme for drink containers.

This has proved very successful in South Australia for the last three decades, so it should help to reduce much of the roadside rubbish in our part of the world.

If this represents 20% of roadside rubbish, I have a suggestion to help reduce another 40%, which is fast food containers.

This suggestion is principally directed to the three major fast food outlets vis: Maccas, KFC & Hungry Jacks.

Each retail outlet could provide an extra rubbish facility for customers to return empty used food containers from previous takeaway purchases.

Mainly directed at regulars, the outlet would then give a modest discount of say $0.50 or $1 from the current transaction.

I would suggest the number of used cups, cartons etc be limited to say one to three only (not a truckload) but sufficient to encourage a new and novel clean-up procedure.

I appreciate that, if successful, this will dramatically reduce the work for all the roadside rubbish collection volunteers, but I am sure that they will find other worthy activities to undertake.

L.H.Moulden



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