The Corona float delivered pop door-to-door. We paid a deposit on the bottles and were reimbursed when we returned them to the pop-man a week later. Then shops and plastics and cans took over the pop trade, deposits were forgotten and the rest, as they say, is detritus.Now HMGov think they should reinvent a deposit system already in use in dozens of countries; notably here in Vikingland, where for decades all glass, plastic and metal containers have been collected in machines at supermarkets. Some have deposits refunded; others, like wine bottles and food jars don’t; all are recycled. Simples. The latest machines like Aldi’s can spot un-emptied containers and reject them with a curt request to play nicely.
So please, Gov, just get the Vikings to design the logistics and get on with it! And why 22p? Oop ‘ere it’s one krone a can, or 10p-ish, and more for plastic bottles, according to size. I suppose it’s too much to ask the retailers to be content with a break-even deal?