New Bottle and Can Deposit Scheme Announced

04 Jun 2018

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UK Government Announces Bottle Deposit Scheme

The British Government has just announced they will be implementing a bottle deposit scheme for all bottles and cans. Whether they are glass or metal, the public will be able to deposit bottles for a small cash sum. The intention is to help reduce litter across the UK and reduce rubbish going into landfill or the ocean.

Deposit Return Schemes

Ideally, across the UK, people will start reducing their use of single-use plastic or cans. Knowing the effect that these items have on the environment, it’s better to stop using them all together. However, single-use plastic and cans offer a practical and convenient option. When travelling or on the go, sometimes filling up your own bottle can be difficult. People still do not like to ask cafes or restaurants to top up their bottle for fear of being rude. Instead, they purchase a bottle and then throw it away after use.

bottle deposit

Rather than purchasing a drink in a bottle or can, it’s always best to keep a reusable bottle on you. Yes, the government may now be implementing a cash incentive to get you to recycle your single-use drinking vessels, but trying to cut down on them all together is more beneficial to the environment. Also, many places offer discounts if you bring your own bottle. These reductions in price when you bring your own cup or mug are sure to far outweigh the money given to you for bottle deposits.

The amount you will get back for each bottle or can deposited depends on size. Using a “reverse vending machine”,  the return is automated, and your money is given back to you quickly and efficiently.

Elsewhere in the World

Deposit return schemes currently operate in 38 countries. Campaigners in the UK have been working for close to 10 years to encourage the UK government to introduce a scheme here. With the implementation of the scheme in the next few years, it will be interesting to see the effect it has on the country.

Elsewhere, the deposit return schemes have increased recycling rates to nearly 90%. If the UK follow in those footsteps, general waste going to landfill will be dramatically reduced. Currently, only 43% of plastic bottles in the UK are recycled. If, like Germany, we could move towards a 99% recycle rate for plastic bottles, Britains impact on reducing plastic-waste across the world will finally be impressive.

“It is absolutely vital we act now to tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that go unrecycled. We have already banned harmful microbeads and cut plastic bag use, and now we want to take action on plastic bottles to help clean up our oceans.” said environment secretary, Michael Gove.

It’s not clear yet what the effect on single-use plastic will be, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction.