Councils would be hit by deposit scheme

The packaging industry has warned that potential plastic bottle deposit schemes could threaten the investment made by local authorities in infrastructure and collection services.

Speaking at a recent ‘Future of Waste’ event in London, Paul Vanston, chief executive of packaging research body INCPEN, said that many local authorities had spent large amounts of time and money on infrastructure, energy from waste, recycling investments and collections services, before suggesting that incentives would deter people from using their council recycling schemes, undermining finances for councils in the process.

In April, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) also warned that a ‘deposit return’ style incentive scheme for plastic bottles could make council recycling services less efficient.