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Example 1 - Take back to dedicated drop-off points

Example 1 would see people being able to take drinks containers back to dedicated drop off points. 

There would be one or two main points where you could take items back in your town, rather than there being lots of smaller ones in shops and public places. 

What would this example look like?

This example would see deposit return points being placed in towns of a certain size where you can return some types of plastic bottles, aluminium cans, steel cans and glass bottles to get back the deposit you were charged for the container when you bought it.  The type of plastic bottles would be ones made of a plastic called PET, which is the most common kind for fizzy drinks and bottled water. 

Under this option, shops selling drinks in containers wouldn’t have to take the containers back. There would simply be a few drop-off points in most towns where you could choose to return your drinks containers.  The drop-off points would have reverse vending machines, so people can put their drinks containers in, and get their money back.

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How much would the deposit be?

In this example, the deposit would be 20p.

Who would run it?

In this example, the companies responsible for drinks packaging would need to work together to create a non-profit organisation that would run the deposit return scheme. This organisation would make sure the scheme runs properly, and some of the money made by the deposit scheme would pay for staff needed to run the scheme and the costs involved in running it.

The new organisation would need to run the network of drop-off points, collect in the money paid to shops to cover the deposits being paid back to people and make sure all the items were collected for recycling.

How effective are these types of systems elsewhere in the world?

Schemes like this in North America and Australia tend to see around 60% of drinks containers being recycled.

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