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Government announce deposit scheme for plastic bottles

by Amy Chandler | Mar 28, 2018
The Government have explained that the consultation will take into account the views of producers, suppliers and consumers in order to identify methods to best improve recycling rates in England.
The Government have announced the introduction of a deposit return scheme for drinks containers (glass, metal or plastic) in England. The scheme will aim to reduce the amount of waste on land and in oceans.

Similar schemes all already in operation across Europe, in countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Germany. The scheme requires consumers to purchase drinks in disposable containers at an increased price – which makes up the deposit. They can then redeem this cost when they return the empty container to a deposit point, which works like a ‘reverse vending machine’. The scheme has already led to a 97% recycling rate in Germany.

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