Council opposition mounts to ending deposits on plastic bottles

The Dutch local council association VNG said on Thursday its members will not agree to government and packaging industry plans to stop levying deposits on plastic bottles.

The industry wants to scrap the deposit system, arguing it costs too much to implement because plastic drinks bottles are collected separately from other plastic waste.
The agreement between the packaging industry and junior environment minister Joop Atsma sets new targets for waste recycling. For example, within 10 years, 52% of plastic waste should be recycled.
Councils say they will not consider signing the agreement until 2015 at the earliest when they have been able to assess how successful the industry has been at becoming more environmentally aware.
Supporters of deposits on large bottles say they are essential to reduce litter and that the €20m the drinks industry has agreed to pay to clear up litter is not enough. Some are currently campaigning for the introduction of deposits on cans and small plastic bottles as well.

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