Call for deposit charge on drinks bottles to cut litter
Charging a deposit for plastic and glass drinks bottles would drastically reduce litter, campaigners have said.
Consumers would be charged a small fee when they buy a bottle, which would be refunded when it is returned.
Research for the Campaign to Protect Rural England suggests a 15p deposit for bottles up to half a litre and 30p for others would mean 90% coming back.
The CPRE said according to its own study such a scheme would reduce costs to the public sector by £160m per year.
Jon Kay reports.
16 Sep 2010
- From the section Science & Environment