Recyclable cash-in ‘canned’ by police

The truck laden with cans. Photo: SA Police.

The truck laden with cans. Photo: SA Police.

A Seaford truckie has been reported for loading offences after he was found bringing a truckload of cans from Victoria to South Australia.

Police pulled over the truck on the Sturt Highway at Willaston in the Barossa Valley about 8.20am on Friday, July 13 when they saw it had a blown tyre and the load was not restrained properly. 

Following inquiries, police became suspicious as the 125 bales of cans and bottles set to be recycled were brought over from Victoria, where the 10-cent refund scheme does not exist.

Both Highway Patrol and the Environment Protection Authority attended the scene, and police reported the 38-year-old driver for loading offences.

He was also reported for driving unregistered and uninsured, and his truck was impounded.

The EPA has taken on responsibility of the cans and bottles, along with offences related to depositing the containers purchased interstate.

SA can and bottle collection depots do not offer refunds for drink containers which have been bought interstate, and those trying to collect the 10c refund for containers from interstate could be fined up to $30,000.