ITEMS in the household recycling bin may be more than simply rubbish if an initiative from NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes gets the tick of approval.
Mr Stokes wants to implement a container deposit scheme — similar to that in South Australia — in a bid to reduce the litter problem and encourage recycling.
Wollondilly councillor Judy Hannan also floated the possibility of the scheme at a council meeting in December.
Cr Hannan said she'd welcome the scheme's implementation.
"Rubbish is a major problem in Wollondilly," she said.
"If you come up Nortons Basin Road [Werombi], you can jump out of your car anywhere along there and pick up five bottles without shuffling your feet.
"At Christmas time children couldn't play in Belimba Park lands because of rubbish.
"We are about tourism but people don't want to go somewhere where there is rubbish."
Narellan Vale resident and head of Keep Australia Beautiful, Peter McLean, said while the scheme wasn't ineffective, it was an expensive process that only targeted part of the waste problem.
"It does result in higher portions of recycling; however, it's extremely expensive and a burden on business and the community.
"It also doesn't target other streams of waste.
"We want fast food packaging and cigarettes targeted [too]."
He said the federal government's December impact statement on packaging found a deposit scheme would have little effect on litter.