Now it's important to be open to new ideas or even the rediscovery of old ones. Some new research for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has suggested that a 15p deposit for bottles up to half a litre and 30p for others would mean almost 90% being returned.
The CPRE has noted according to its own study that the reintroduction of such a scheme would reduce costs to the public sector by some £160m per year. Another benefit from charging a deposit for plastic and glass drinks bottles would the CPRE says potentially lead to a drastic reduction in litter.
The way it might work would be for consumers to be charged a small fee when they buy a bottle, which would be refunded when it is returned. I am old enough to remember when a deposit for returned bottles was routine and a regular feature of life.charged for drinks bottles decades ago. The deposit would be repayable when the container is dropped off at an authorised site.
The CPRE thinks that such a scheme would help to protect the landscape, reduce litter and help the government especially when it comes to moving towards a "zero waste" economy with increased recycling rates. This is well worth considering and worthy of further study in Wales.