Replicating success from other parts of the world
Deposit schemes for PET are already in operation around the world. Deposit schemes usually work by refunding a small fee, paid at the time of purchase, to the consumer at automated collection points – often located in supermarkets and convenience stores.
The convenience of these collection points, often using ‘reverse vending machines’, will be vital to the schemes success. Smaller retailers will also have a role to play, with corner shops potentially required to take, and return the deposit on, PET bottles.
Where the deposit fee has been deemed too small, there has been limited success, as consumer motivation, and therefore participation, was low.
Waste, in general, is not a glamourous subject but "plastic the polluter" headlines have made it an emotive issue and pushed the topic up the agenda for governments and packaging brands alike. To create change there has to be a will with real commitment from government, consumers and the supply chain.