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September 16 2010


Bottle deposit scheme 'would reduce litter and cut costs'

The introduction of a drinks container deposit refund scheme would help to significantly reduce litter and drive down public sector costs, it has been claimed.

Research conducted for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) suggests a deposit refund scheme would require little initial investment and that its running costs would largely be met by the revenues it generates.

Under the scheme, each glass bottle, plastic bottle and can would be subjected to a small deposit which would be determined by its size.

For vessels under 500ml a charge of 15p would apply, while larger containers would be subject to a 30p deposit.

Consumers could then recoup these costs if they returned the containers to a designated collection point or to the retailer.

A 90 per cent return rate has been achieved in European countries which already have a similar system in place and if the trend held true in the UK, about £491 million would be raised through unclaimed deposits.

The outstanding cost of the deposit refund scheme - estimated at £212 million a year - would be met by drinks manufacturers.

Crucially, the research established that the introduction of the scheme could also deliver net savings of £1.2 billion to the environment.

"The UK has a serious litter problem and the year-on-year increase in the cost of clearing it up has become unsustainable," CPRE Stop the Drop campaign manager Samantha Harding commented.

"We need to look at new ways of tackling litter and changing behaviours. Our research shows that a deposit refund scheme would reduce litter and increase rates of recycling, while at the same time reducing public sector spending on waste."

Earlier this week, Ms Harding praised councils for their efforts to reduce fly-tipping after figures showed the number of incidents has decreased by a fifth in the last year.ADNFCR-8000010-ID-800067673-ADNFCR


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