Portsmouth Council Welcomes Deposit Scheme For Glass And Plastics

There are suggestions that new schemes could be introduced to make sure more people make the effort to separate their rubbish and recycle correctly.

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The Portsmouth News recently reported that the government is considering introducing a deposit scheme for glass and plastic bottles. This kind of scheme works by charging consumers extra for items packaged in glass or plastic bottles or tin cans. This ‘deposit’ is then refunded when they bring the bottle or can back to the store or take it to a designated bin.

Councillor Dave Ashmore, environment boss at Portsmouth City Council, told the news provider that this kind of scheme would be welcome in Portsmouth. It has also been detailed in a recent report published by the city council.

Mr Ashmore pointed out that other countries already have this kind of scheme up and running.

“In other places this has led to an increase in recycling of around 90 per cent, so this is something I think will increase recycling, especially the recycling of glass here,” he asserted.

Mr Ashmore added that the council knows people could recycle more, and pointed to the increase in recycling after the council made changes to the waste collection system with wheelie bins in 2019.

Rachel Hudson, coordinator of Portsmouth Friends of the Earth, was positive about the proposal, but stressed that recycling shouldn’t come at the expense of simply encouraging people to buy products with less or no packaging.

“Firstly we do need to think about what we are buying and if we can reduce our intake, because that’s the best way to help,” she told the newspaper.

Earlier this month, Resource reported that British consumers want to see more on-the-go recycling facilities for aluminium drinks cans. It cited a survey carried out by the Every Can Counts communications campaign, which found 60 per cent of consumers in the country would welcome more recycling for cans on the streets.

Similarly, 56 per cent wanted to see more can recycling facilities at the country’s beaches, while 51 per cent also asked for more provision at music and sporting events.

While many consumers are aware that cans can be recycled, the research also found that over half (56 per cent) of those surveyed were surprised to learn that aluminium cans can be recycled an infinite number of times.

Every Can Counts programme manager Chris Latham-Wade told the news provider that it’s important for all organisations to look at how they can support consumers to recycle more. “This research enables us to focus our activities so we can better support consumer desires to recycle more,” he stated.

He also revealed that the campaign is aiming for a 100 per cent recycling rate of aluminium drink cans. In the UK, aluminium can recycling currently stands at 75 per cent, with the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation that runs the Every Can Count campaign estimating that this could climb to 85 per cent by the end of this year.

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