Refundable can and bottle fee aims to increase recycling

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Customers can return beverage bottles and cans and receive the refunded fee.

A refundable fee will be added to beverage bottles and cans to increase Wales’ recycling rate.

The Deposit Return Program will launch in Wales in 2025 alongside programs in the UK and Northern Ireland and will allow customers to get their money back when they return empty containers.

Wales ranks third in the world for recycling rates, according to the Welsh government.

It has now set a goal of achieving a 100% recycling rate by 2050.

Climate Change Minister Julie James said the plan is another step towards a “more circular economy where less waste is produced”.

Similar Deposit Return Programs (DRS) have achieved recycling rates of over 90% in countries such as Norway, Germany and Finland.

The program will mean that people can buy a drink in Bangor, Gwynedd and return it in Bristol or Belfast.

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17-year-old India thinks it’s a good idea as she encourages people not to waste plastic

Scotland will launch its own program later this year where the 20p refundable rate will be added to all beverage containers.

The Welsh government said it has yet to decide how much to charge, but expects the amount to vary based on the size and material of the item.

Retailers will be responsible for deciding how they will operate their return points, choosing to have either a reverse vending machine or a manual take-back service.

Beverage containers made of plastic, glass, steel and aluminum will all be included in the project.

The Welsh government also hopes to introduce a piloted digital deposit refund scheme at Conwy at a later date, in 2020.

Angela Smithey, 49, from Torfaen, Pontypool, said the plan was a good idea but thought it could be more effective.

Angela Smithey, 49, Pontypool

Angela Smithey supports this idea, but she has reservations.

“I personally think it would be easier to recycle at home on our own and we don’t need to go anywhere to get our money back,” added Ms Smithey.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, Tim Gent, managing director of recycling company Recresco, said he “can’t really see why we’re going to do this”.

“We have the third best glass recycling rate in the world as the system we currently use in Wales.”

“It seems to me that the proposal is to continue sending the truck for recycling as usual, but now it will only collect half of it.”

He said that if people go to reverse vending machines, they will “do more harm to the environment than the recycling they save from the landfill”.

Dean Matthews of Cwmbran, Torfaen, said he thinks the plan could be more effective for younger people “you see liquor bottles and cans in town.”

“I was going to throw it in the recycling bin at home. Still, it reminds me of old pop bottles and taking them back in those days without a license to go back and get some cash,” the 56-year-old added. -stale.

17-year-old India said: “I think it’s a good idea because it encourages people not to waste plastic. Even if you throw it in the recycling bin, there’s no guarantee it will stay there because it could fly away.

“I’m not sure if anyone would bother to get the money back, but I would.”

Dean Matthews, 56, Cwmbran

Dean Matthews says the plan reminds him to raise money for unlicensed vintage pop bottles.

Owen Derbyshire, CEO of Keep Wales Tidy, said: “Based on the success of similar initiatives around the world, we believe that adding a value to recyclable materials will have a significant impact on recycling rates and quality, reducing litter and improving the quality of our local environment.

“We are pleased that the Welsh government has committed to a comprehensive plan that includes glass. This is an important step towards transforming the way we as a nation consume resources and reduce waste.

The British Soft Drinks Association said: “While this is an environmental plan, it needs to be treated as more than just a litter prevention initiative if we are to unlock its true potential.

“If designed properly, DRS can successfully launch the UK’s circular economy by providing manufacturers with access to high quality recycled materials and creating vital investments in UK recycling facilities.”

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