Recycling gets a boost as government to make polluters pay

Wine bottles for recycling

The government says it will shift the responsibility of recycling packaging waste from the consumer to the producer, as well as boost kerbside waste collections and look at a deposit return scheme.

The England-focused Resources and Waste Strategy includes making businesses and manufacturers pay the full cost of disposing of or recycling packaging (it's just ten per cent right now), making packaging labels and kerbside collections more consistent so consumers know what they can recycle, and encouraging manufacturers to design products that last longer by looking at guarantees and extended warranties.

A deposit return scheme for drinks cans and bottles may be introduced – 'subject to consultation' – and every household should expect weekly food waste collections.

The government is calling the Resources and Waste Strategy, announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, 'ambitious' and a 'blueprint' so it might not all happen – and certainly not right away – but fingers crossed.

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