We badly need a deposit refund system in Ireland to help tackle our worsening plastic waste crisis. It would work like this. A small charge (eg. 10c) would be added to the price of drinks in cans, glass & plastic bottles. When the container is returned to the shop the 10c is returned to the consumer.
Returned containers are then reused or recycled. A bit like the plastic bag levy, this system is proven to be very effective, recovering up to 95% of containers. Imagine the difference that would make to our coasts, countryside, towns & cities!
Why is this important?
Germany, Denmark, Netherlands & numerous other countries have had successful deposit refund systems in place for years. Now Scotland is introducing one too. Ireland is drowning in litter and we KNOW deposit refund systems work - with recovery rates of up to 95%. Luckily for us many other countries are already doing this, we won't need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to start taking some positive action!