PET: London wants to introduce a deposit system

The British government announced on Wednesday its intention to introduce a deposit system on plastic bottles as part of its plan to fight against plastic waste.

The order will cover all single-use plastic, glass and metal (beverage) beverage packaging sold in England, Environment Minister Michael Gove said in a statement.

“It is absolutely vital that we act now to address this threat and reduce the millions of plastic bottles that escape recycling every day,” he said. “We want to act on plastic bottles to help clean our oceans,” he added.

According to the statement, UK consumers would use about 13 billion plastic bottles annually, of which more than three billion are incinerated, sent directly to a landfill or abandoned in the wild.

Such systems already exist in other European countries, such as Denmark, Sweden and Germany, Gove said.

Before being introduced, the deposit system will be subject to consultation this year with manufacturers and consumers to determine the terms and conditions.

“The devil will be in the details and it is vital that the system applies to the entire UK and containers of all sizes, and that it is available wherever they are sold,” responded Elena Polisano , Oceans campaigner at the Greenpeace UK environmental organization.

In January, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new plan to fight against plastic waste, providing for the generalization of pay plastic bags to all businesses in England.

The current legislation only concerns supermarkets whose customers must pay 5 pence (5.7 eurocents) per bag.

 

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