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Outback community cleans up and cashes in

Date posted: 29 March 2012

The Northern Territory's only remote drink containers depot is cashing in its first collection this week.

The store operators at Apatula, or Finke, 300 kilometres south of Alice Springs, have been collecting soft drink bottles and cans for two months.

In January, the Northern Territory became the second Australian jurisdiction to have a cash-for-containers scheme.

The store manager, Nigel Pratt, says there is no reason why other remote Indigenous communities cannot do the same.

'If you then think of another community and saw all the cans and bottles laying around, if someone could pick them up ... we've got $2,000 worth of returns going in on the truck,' he said.

He says there has been a change of mindset among local residents since the scheme began in January.

'Instead of the cans and bottles laying on the ground, they're actually 10 cent pieces laying on the ground,' he said.

It is estimated the collection will cover costs but community leaders say the real value is in a tidier town.

Source: ABC news


Last updated: 29 March 2012
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