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Government considering plastic bottle deposit scheme

Government considering plastic bottle deposit scheme to increase recycling and reduce litter

The Government is considering a deposit scheme for plastic bottles, with an announcement expected next week.

Such a scheme would see a small, refundable charge added to products that could be recouped by taking empties to “reverse vending machines”.

As well as plastic drinks bottles, this charge could also be applied to glass bottles and aluminium cans.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, commissioned research into introducing a levy on bottles and cans as a means to cut waste, increase recycling and reduce litter, according to the Daily Mail.

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