Evaluation of deposit/refunds for beverage containers, batteries

A deposit/refund system for beverage containers and batteries for recycling could achieve collection rates of 95%, according to a report commissioned by the Departments of the Environment and Trade and Industry.1 Costs could be high but deposit/refund systems may yet be the most cost-effective means of meeting the Government's recycling target.

The report was prepared by Environmental Resources Ltd (ERL). It will contribute to the Government's thinking on further measures to ensure that its target to recycle half of recyclable household waste by 2000 is met, and to its response to existing EC legislation on batteries and a forthcoming draft Directive on packaging.

The Government's strategy should become clear in May, when ERL is due to complete a wider study on economic and fisc

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