Refunds on bottles and cans will cut litter – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Coun Elizabeth Nash (Lab), Hunslet & Riverside Ward, Morris Lane, Leeds.

Police help clear litter in a Leeds park after the easing of the lockdown.

I AM sure that most people are disgusted at the shocking amount of litter left after mass gatherings in our precious parks.

It is clear to me that some people will not alter their behaviour unless it hits their pockets. If there were a refundable deposit on bottles and cans, then I estimate that 80 per cent of litter would not be there.

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In Germany shops must give a refund of 25 cents (equivalent of nearly 25 pence) and in supermarkets there are even “bottle and can banks” which automatically refund either cash or a voucher for returned empties.

What should be done to solve the county's litter epidemic?

When shops were obliged to charge 15p for plastic carrier bags, this cut down the amount of them being collected by local authorities as waste by 85 per cent and cut down significantly on them being dropped as litter.

From: Joan Turner, Retford.

ON the A616 towards Manchester last Thursday, we noticed that a stretch of the grass verge, just past Fox Valley, was completely clear of litter – an unusual sight these days.

Then we noticed the pile of bulging black bin bags waiting for collection. Whoever cleared up the mess – council, community group or individual – well done!

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