England introduces a Deposit Return Scheme
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement in September 2017 that Scotland will introduce a Deposit Return Scheme to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste, the UK government’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove followed suit at the end of March to announce that England will also be implementing a Deposit Return Scheme following consultation.
The Deposit Return Scheme is expected to cover single use drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal. At present just 43% of the 13bn plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, and 700,000 are littered every day.
We are delighted with this news, as we’ve been leading the fight for the responsible disposal of waste for some time now. We’ve had a state-of-the-art reverse vending machine with 360 degree scanning technology installed in our showroom since early 2017, and it has featured on BBC Scotland as well as the BBC documentary, Inside Out.
This is great news for campaigners who have worked for a decade trying to get a Deposit Return Scheme implemented in England. Scotland and England will now join the 38 other countries throughout the world who operate similar schemes. Deposit Return Schemes have increased recycling rates to more than 90% in other countries.
We’d welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the reverse vending machine to anyone interested in finding out more about the technology and how it addresses the growing concerns about the disposal of waste bottles and cans. If you would like to see the reverse vending machine in operation in our showroom and find out more about reverse vending, please give us a call on 0845 60 40 111, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.