Deposits on plastic bottles?

This morning I heard the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England talking about their proposals for a deposit on drinks bottles to encourage people to recycle them.

I am just (only just) old enough to remember when glass drinks bottles had a deposit and the practice was still common in Sierra Leone the last time I went there before the civil war. Children would go to houses offering to take your Coke, Fanta and Sprite bottles in and keep the deposit money as a form of payment. The result was that there were almost no glass bottles entering the waste stream.

I haven’t had a chance to read the CPRE report yet and I’m sure that there will be some practical difficulties that would need to be addressed but instinctively I like the idea of creating a small incentive to nudge behavioural change.

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