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Government considering bottle deposit scheme

The UK government is today considering a bottle deposit scheme which would see a small levy place upon bottles sold in the UK which would be repaid to customers when the empty bottles were returned. The Campaign to Protect Rural England is suggesting a 15p deposit for bottles up to half a litre and 30p for others and believes this would mean that 90% of bottles being return. This would then allow companies to recycle bottles thereby reducing harm to environment and increasing recycling rates.

Early indications appear to show that the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme could save UK taxpayers as much as £160 million a year and dramatically cut harm to the environment. Those who are older may remember the days when you used to receive a payment for taking back a glass bottle although quite why this scheme died out is a mystery.

There is no doubt that by introducing a levy on bottle sales this would also have a dramatic impact upon litter and waste in the UK at a time when many landfill sites are literally overflowing. The EU recently introduced massive levies and fines on the landfill waste sites which are effectively "running out of space".

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