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DEPOSITS

Charging a refundable deposit on a pack on top of its price is intended to encourage the holder to return it when empty in order to redeem the deposit. This is why companies charge businesses a deposit on reusable delivery crates and pallets. Some regulators have suggested that deposits should be applied to some consumer packaging, usually drinks containers.

Glass Bottle

However, deposits:

  • do not help achieve higher recycling rates because they just divert highly recyclable containers from multi-material kerbside and bring collection schemes to a parallel system. As a result kerbside and bring schemes are then more expensive to operate;

  • operating alongside existing recycling schemes, double the negative environmental impact because it increases the amount of transport needed for sending materials for reprocessing;

  • do not cure the anti-social habit of littering and perversely may increase litter;

  • are expensive to operate and increase costs to the consumer;

  • on non-refillable containers, do not protect refillable systems;

  • can only be applied to a tiny proportion of household waste.
 

 

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