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Supermarkets In UK Add New Bottle Deposit Return On Recyclables

By Brian Spaen

Iceland and Co-op supermarkets in the United Kingdom are poised to initiate a new bottle return program for plastics in order to tackle pollution, according to a survey released by Greenpeace. With plastic use continuing to rise, initiating a monetary incentive for recycling the material holds significant promise for keeping the material out of landfills.

The plastic redemption program would function like any other bottle deposit.

In the proposed program, deposit fees would be added onto plastic bottles at time of purchase. When bottles get returned, customers would receive their deposits back.

If you regularly purchase a gallon of milk and it comes with a bottle return, you could bring back your empty bottle each time you buy a new gallon. It's an easy way to remember to return recyclables; and functions best for people who often shop at the same store or buy a lot of repeat purchases. 

Only 91% of plastics are recycled.

One million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world—yet only 91 percent of plastic gets recycled globally. With pollution continuing harm our oceans, some argue that this buildup is on the same level as climate change.

Statistics like this are translating into growing pressure for government programs to be adopted throughout England, Wales, and other countries throughout the world.