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Recoup says 10p deposit on bottles would work

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Research by plastics campaign group Recoup has found that a 10p refundable charge would be enough to prompt 60% of consumers to use a deposit return scheme (DRS).

The findings are more or less in line with a survey conducted by YouGov for Suez earlier this year.

Recoup’s consumer research also revealed that 21% of consumers thought the deposit should be more than 20p while the remaining 20% said it should be 30p or more.

More than 341 people were interviewed for the research in three UK locations.

Fifty-six per cent said they would not travel or travel more than a mile to redeem a bottle deposit, and just 14% said they would travel more than three miles.

The majority (84%) claimed they ’tried to do the right thing’ to recycle drinks containers.

But Recoup concluded that current collection rates “indicate some consumers are exaggerating their positive disposal habits”.

Technical manager Steve Morgan co-ordinates the charity’s DRS Development Working Group. He said: “This research points to convenience being a common and important theme for consumers.

“DRSs will have a major role to play to enable consumers to understand the value of their used drinks containers. But a well-designed scheme can be an effective mechanism to transform collections only if it is part of a wider recycling collection infrastructure, including kerbside, bring banks, HWRCs and away-from-home collection points.”

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