Co-Op and Iceland back Greenpeace bottle deposit return scheme

4 December 2017 - Janet Bird

plastic bottle pollution

Co-Op and Iceland back Greenpeace bottle deposit return scheme

A drive by environmental charity Greenpeace to reduce plastic waste by introducing a bottle deposit return scheme has been backed by two major supermarkets.

The Co-Op and Iceland have thrown their weight behind the initiative, which would see retailers increasing the prices of plastic drinks bottles, then paying customers back the extra when they return the bottles to store.

Other supermarkets, however, have reservations about the plan, pointing out it will remove recyclable materials from household waste collection schemes and could necessitate bottles being made from less environmentally friendly products to ensure they are strong enough to be used multiple times.

Greenpeace said it was possible to prevent throwaway plastic bottles harming ocean wildlife and entering the food chain, but it required other companies and retailers to follow the example set by the Co-Op and Iceland.

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