Norway bottle recycling system considered in UK

Reports have suggested that a Norwegian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is being heavily considered for adoption in the UK.

The scheme, which Norway claimed is the most cost-efficient way of tackling plastic litter, contributes to a large reduction of plastic litter in the environment and seas with 97 per cent of bottles being recycled. Figures show that in the UK only around half of all plastic bottles get recycled.

Similar schemes are also in operation in other Nordic nations, Germany, and some states in the US and Canada. It works by ensuring that consumers pay a deposit on every bottle and then receive a coupon when it is successfully deposited.

Kjell Olav Maldum, chief executive of Infinitum which runs the Norway bottle scheme, told BBC News that the scheme could easily be copied in the UK.

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