ACS: Bottle deposit scheme “too costly”

16 September, 2010

The Association of Convenience Stores has criticised a scheme that would charge a refundable deposit on drinks bottles for being “too big, too complicated and too costly”.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England report Have We Got the Bottle was published today (Thursday September 16). It claimed its research “clearly demonstrated” a deposit refund scheme, covering glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans, would cost little to set up, and would generate revenue to support most of its own running costs. CPRE said a deposit of 15p for containers smaller than 50cl and 30p for larger containers would generate return rates of around 90%.

Its report said such a scheme would reduce costs to the public sector by £160 million per year, while securing significant benefits in reducing litter.

But ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Reducing litter is an important challenge faced by the community as a whole. Local shops want to play their part in reducing litter and increasing recycling. We do not however believe that a deposit scheme like the one proposed by CPRE would work, it would be too big, too complicated and too costly.

“We believe that encouraging recycling through household collection and all purpose community recycling centres is the most effective way to meet growing community action. Increasing consumer awareness of recycling is the key to success and local shops can play a key role in supporting this.”

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