Where is plastic bottle deposit scheme promised by Michael Gove? – The Yorkshire Post says

IT IS clear that readers remain exercised about the amount of litter that was left in the county’s parks after the easing of lockdown restrictions – letters, and comments, to this newspaper stand testament to that anger.

Graeme Bandeira's cartoon illustrating the country's litter epidemic.
Graeme Bandeira's cartoon illustrating the country's litter epidemic.

They’re also perturbed, even perplexed, that the Government is no nearer to introducing a plastic bottle deposit scheme nearly four years after Michael Gove the then Environment Secretary, floated the idea.

What’s the hold-up? Other European countries discovered long ago that such a system incentivises people to recycle plastic bottles rather than simply discarding them to blight our neighbourhoods and open spaces.

Perhaps Mr Gove would care to explain, and justify, the hold-up to our readers – they’re not happy – and what message this sends out to the watching world in a year when Britain, as host of the COP26 climate summit, is supposed to be leading by example on the environment?

Michael Gove first promised a a plastic bottle deposit scheme in 2017.

Over to you, Mr Gove.

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A police officer clears litter left discarded in a Leeds park last week.