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Deposits on plastic bottles will go, says minister

Thursday 22 November 2012

Ministers plan to press ahead with scrapping deposits on plastic bottles, despite concerns from Labour MPs, junior environment minister Wilma Mansveld told parliament on Thursday.

Good agreements have been made about collecting plastic waste, the minister said in a briefing.

The deposit system is due to be phased out in 2014. The packaging industry argues the current system is inefficient and expensive.

Labour MP Manon Fokke said during a debate on the infrastructure and environment ministry’s budget on Tuesday that she and fellow Labour MPs would like to expand the deposit system to small bottles as well.

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Deposits on plastic bottles should say, say Labour MPs

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Readers' Comments

Yes I do recycle plastic. It's a shame that they will be scraped.... I'm sure there will be more of it laying around,

By dee | 22 November 2012 3:27 PM

I recycle plastic, and quite like the deposit arrangement for the bottles. It helps keep litter off the streets.

I can see that this will be introduced around Xmas/New years when most of the bottles are out, and the public subsidises the supermarkets who get to keep the deposit (paid at time of purchase) and then no longer have to refund it(paid back at time of deposit).

Reminiscent of the change from 50c to 25c for the deposit.

By H. | 22 November 2012 3:40 PM

No, I don't recycle plastic. If the refuge sorting sites are updated to meet modern day sorting this is absolutely not necessary.

By Maria | 22 November 2012 3:53 PM

The old mantra goes: reduce, reuse, recycle (in that order). Now it seems to be: recycle if you feel like it or burn it. I think the whole idea of re-using things has become passé and undesirable. Big shame.

By Paintmaker | 22 November 2012 4:09 PM

Deposits on plastic bottles will go, says minister. This is a shocking remark from an environment minister. He should go. Burning all plastic bottles (which it amounts to) is an environmental crime. Whose pay role is he on?

By Terence Hale | 22 November 2012 6:11 PM

In Australia we are hoping that the govt will legislate that plastic drink bottles have a deposit so as to reduce the amount of litter in the streets and especially the waterways.

By Sunriser499 | 22 November 2012 7:58 PM

guess you don't care much about our planet and what effect plastic has on it.
system is inefficient - Fix It
expensive - so is life

By dee | 23 November 2012 6:52 AM

If they are going to scrap the deposit system, please provide more plastic recycling bins. I currently have to make a special trip to the bin, which is always full.

By Chun | 23 November 2012 8:36 AM

I hope the "good agreements" include increasing the frequency with which the plastic bins are emptied. In my area it is now only once per week, and, the day before the collect, the bins are filled with plastic garbage and there are bags all around them.
I still think it is an irresponsible move.

By joanna | 23 November 2012 8:58 AM

this is huge step in the wrong direction at a critical time for the environment.

By Z | 23 November 2012 9:56 AM

To save money on plastic, stop using so much of it. Buy yourself a Brita water filter and use tap water. More and more I see people using their own non-plastic bags for shopping. If you feel like you want to do something for the environment, you will.

By Al | 25 November 2012 8:56 AM

Jim'll fix it ;)good move, bravo, don't forget glass bottles!

By The visitor | 26 November 2012 12:35 PM

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