De­posit­ing views on drinks scheme

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Hoops’ Guests -

Res­i­dents in Eng­land will soon have to pay a de­posit when buy­ing canned and bot­tled drinks in a bid to en­cour­age re­cy­cling and cut waste.

The sys­tem will see a price in­crease, but con­sumers will re­ceive their money back when they re­turn the con­tainer.

And it is ex­pected to cover sin­gle-use glass and plastic bot­tles, as well as steel and alu­minium cans.

Sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives which op­er­ate else­where range be­tween 8p in Swe­den and 22p in Ger­many.

The UK gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the Blue Planet II TV se­ries high­lighted the threat of pol­lu­tion in the oceans.

En­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary Michael Gove said there was no doubt that plastic was “wreak­ing havoc” on the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

The Ad­ver­tiser took to the streets of Coat­bridge and asked lo­cal res­i­dents for their views on the new scheme.

Bail­lieston pen­sioner Wil­liam Simp­son thought it was a good idea and said it would “stop all the pol­lu­tion in the seas”.

But Coat­bridge mum Sarah Camp­bell dis­agreed, say­ing “only cer­tain shops would op­er­ate it”.

Ocean pol­lu­tion The Blue Planet II se­ries high­lighted the im­por­tance of re­cyling

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