ASD is urging retailers to not differentiate between small and large plastics in deposit schemes.
Announcements from retailers advising only small bottles should be considered because they cause most litter and larger bottles could be exempted because they are mostly recycled at home, has quite rightly caused outrage amongst the sustainability community.
Ahmed Detta, CEO of ASD believes that recyclers should be agnostic to product sizes. He says, ‘we should not assume that people recycle at home. This is a challenging market and as a country we are struggling to recycle. We have to transform this country’s recycling industry and reward is the solution. Retailers should not be differentiating between size but should go further and increase the return deposit from 10p to 25p.’