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Recycling cans seized

13 Jul 2018 12:48pm

A truckload of recycling cans has been seized and a driver reported for traffic offences in the Barossa Valley this morning.

The truck was pulled over on the Sturt Highway at Willaston about 8.20am on Friday 13 July for a blown tyre and loading restraint issues.

Police became suspicious when inquiries revealed the driver and truck, laden with 125 bales of cans and bottles for recycling, had come from Victoria.  Highway Patrol and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers attended the scene.

The driver, a 38-year-old Seaford man, was reported for driving unregistered and uninsured and for loading offences.

The truck was impounded.

The EPA have seized the bottles and cans and are investigating offences relating to the deposit of cans purchased interstate.

The beverage industry only provides a refund for beverages sold in South Australia. Refunds are not available at SA collection depots for beverage containers purchased outside of the state. The maximum penalty for attempting to seek a refund for interstate containers is $30,000.