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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
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