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UK retailers ‘will not suffer financial losses’ from bottle deposit scheme


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Retailers will not suffer financial losses from the introduction of a plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) in the UK, according to an analysis of a similar system in Norway. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to launch a deposit system for bottles and cans in the UK, and MPs are due to debate the subject in parliament today. At present just 43% of the 13bn plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, and 700,000 are littered every day. In Germany, a DRS was introduced in 2003 and 99% of plastic bottles are recycled. The exact details of how the scheme will work will be announced after a consultation and the government has said it “will only take forward options from the consultation which demonstrate that they offer clear benefits and are resistant to fraud, and costs on businesses, consumers and the taxpayer are proportionate”. Analysis of the DRS in Norway by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) – which has lobbied for a deposit scheme for a decade – found that businesses will not suffer losses from such a system run in the UK. Consumers will only suffer a financial loss if they fail to return the bottle or can, encouraging strong take-up of the system.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/uk-retailers-will-not-suffer-financial-losses-from-bottle-deposit-scheme

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