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Britain plans deposit return scheme to curb plastic waste

(Reuters) – Britain plans this 12 months to introduce a deposit return scheme for single-use drink containers to extend recycling charges and slash the quantity of waste littering the land and sea, the government stated.

A disposable espresso cup is seen in a refuse bag in London, Britain, Britain, January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

In deposit return schemes – which already function in Denmark, Sweden and Germany – shoppers pay a deposit after they purchase a drink which they redeem as soon as the container is returned.

British shoppers get via about 13 billion plastic drink bottles a 12 months however greater than three billion are both incinerated, despatched to a landfill or left to pollute streets, the countryside and marine atmosphere, the government stated.

“We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats,” atmosphere minister Michael Gove stated in an announcement.

“It is absolutely vital we act now to tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that go unrecycled,” he stated, including that implementation of the scheme in England could be topic to consultations later this 12 months.

The consultations will give attention to the main points of how the scheme will work together with different measures to extend recycling charges.

A potential various to the deposit return scheme is money rewards for returning drink containers, the government stated.

This is commonly executed by a community of ‘reverse vending machines’ via which a plastic or glass bottle will be inserted into one and the machine returns cash.

Britain has managed to slash the usage of plastic luggage since 2015 by charging 5 pence for every bag.

Reporting by Shalini Nagarajan in Bengaluru; Editing by Gareth Jones and Sandra Maler


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