Bottle deposit scheme considered

Posted on 19th October, 2010

Following research published by the Campaign for Real Recycling (CPRE) the Government is considering the introduction of a new bottle deposit and refund scheme for England.

The report, entitled ‘Have we got the bottle’ was undertaken by consultant Eunomia and analyses the environmental and financial implications of introducing a UK deposit refund scheme for drinks containers – glass bottles, PET bottles and cans. It found that while such a scheme would cost £84m to set up and £212m a year for drink manufacturers to operate, it would save councils £160m a year in avoided waste management costs while also increasing recycling rates and reducing litter.

The report was flagged up to Mr Cameron in the House of Commons yesterday by Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood. Mr Cameron said the research was “very interesting” and that he was aware of the success of such schemes in other countries and had discussed the issue with CPRE president Bill Bryson. Mr Cameron said: “I will certainly ask his right hon. Friend the Energy and Climate Change Secretary to look at this issue and see if we can take it forward.”

However, several retailers have voiced concerns that such a scheme would have a detrimental effect on already successful recycling schemes.