Proposal 60 : Increase the money given for return of cans to $0.20 and for return of beer bottles to $0.40 and do away with advertising for can and bottle returns.

Increase the money given for return of cans to $0.20 and for return of beer bottles to $0.40 and do away with advertising for can and bottle returns.

The government pays for advertising to increase the proportion of can and bottle returns because too few people bother. The monetary return was set at $0.05 in 1978 (1978 provincial budget). With inflation, it should now be $0.17 in 2012.  An adjustment of $0.20 seems reasonable. The $0.10 increase voted by the Liberals in 2012 is a step in the right direction but still too modest.

We should stop wasting taxpayers’ money on advertising to encourage return of containers and instead rely on a direct monetary incentive that is more effective at getting people to think twice. In addition, if some people still continue to throw away returnable containers right and left, the higher monetary return will encourage other people to pick them up.

Yeas : 72%
Nays : 28%