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Example 2 - Take back to dedicated drop-off points and some shops (with cartons and cups)

Example 2 is a similar system to Example 1 but it would collect a wider range of materials.

In Example 2, shops selling above a certain amount of drinks would have to either provide deposit return points if there isn’t a dedicated drop-off point nearby.

What would this example look like?

This system would see dedicated drop-off points with deposit return machines being placed within a set distance of any place selling drinks in containers, so that there would be somewhere nearby that people could return the containers to get back the deposit they paid when they bought it.

It would cover more types of plastic bottles than Example 1, as well as aluminium and steel cans, drinks cartons, glass bottles and some single use cups like coffee cups. This example would cover PET plastic, which is the kind that fizzy drinks and bottled water are usually made of, and also a type of plastic called HDPE which is the kind that milk bottles are usually made of.

In this example, shops that sell a high amount drinks in disposable containers would need to make sure there was a place to get the deposit back within a set distance. If there wasn’t a dedicated drop-off point within that distance, then the shop would have to have facilities to return your deposit to you in the store.

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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, as in Example 1, companies responsible for drinks packaging would need to work together to create an 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 difference in Example 2 is that shops would also have a part to play in making sure there is somewhere to get your deposit back nearby.

The new organisation would need to run the network of dedicated 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 California, Maine and British Columbia are around 70% of drinks containers being recycled.

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