This one turned up on the Today program this morning and I thought then it was a better way to sort out at least part of our recycling problem. From the BBC link I see that there is talk of the U.K. adopting something similar. Now no doubt some will be against paying a deposit when buying bottled water. But we must try something and this idea seems to work very well in Norway so why not in the U.K.?
Back in the day there were deposits on Ribena and Corona bottles. As a child it always seemed amazing that somebody would give you cold hard cash for an empty bottle, great boost to the pocket money. Long overdue a return to focus the minds of those that "Don't do recyclin too busy aint I".
john bunyan all your opening links are from the BBC!
Yes they are John no particular reason I usually click on the BBC as good a place as any for news and usually find something of interest to post on the Forum.
The growing trend is for food groceries to be delivered, so there will have to be a process for the delivery driver to take away the empties.
Its hard enough to get them to take back the empty carrier bags. They're supposed to ask but rarely do.
I pay 40p a week to have my groceries in carrier bags. It makes it easier for me to unload from the crates, but they're supposed to take them back for recycling if required, but usually have to be reminded.
So the bar code scanner and printer require a power source and the printer requires ink and paper to produce the coupons. Seems like a whole lot of upkeep if it's to work reliably.
Our present system of putting recyclables in dedicated household bins that are collected by the council seems a simpler method.
Where both methods fail is for drinks purchased to be consumed on the move. Few people are prepared to carry an empty bottle as far as a litter bin, let alone a dedicated bottle bank. A small deposit is unlikely to alter that behaviour.
Perhaps litter wardens should follow schoolchildren on their way home and follow inebriated adults when the leave the take-away after an evening out and issue punitive fines where they drop litter.
The litter wardens could also fine the fishermen who leave litter behind on our riverbanks, the picnicker that leave spent BBQs, the footballers that leave their empty bottles behind after a match and the youths that have left hundreds of beer cans behind in our once pretty bluebell woods.
And whilst I'm at it, what about the dog owners who carefully bag the excrement and then discard the bag?