Deposit return scheme

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On Tuesday the Scottish government announced it would work to introduce a deposit return scheme.

Already one large soft drinks maker has poured cold water on the plan by saying it will add up to £150 million to the cost of its products in total.

Anyone who has taken part in a beach clean will have bagged 100s of drink containers including plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Yet many people can still remember collecting juice bottles, in their youth, to add the deposit cash to their pocket money.

Scotland led the way with the five pence charge on plastic shopping bags, a year before England. It has raised huge sums of money for many projects through Tesco’s bags for cash scheme as well as improving the environment.

This is a long overdue measure and perhaps should have been tackled by manufacturers.

If extended to all cartons such as fast food containers and bags it could make a big difference to the amount of litter festooning streets, roads and the sea shore.