Government Considering Bottle Return Scheme In Fight Against Single-Use Plastics

The government may introduce a bottle return scheme as part of its bid to reduce damage caused by single-use plastics.

The first phase of the government’s single-use plastics reduction plan was approved by Tynwald last year and is being implemented across the public service.

Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot said the proposals for the second phase were being drawn up to reduce use and encourage the ‘proper disposal of plastics’.

In response to a House of Keys question from Lawrie Hooper (LibVannin, Ramsey), Mr Boot said: ‘My officers are currently researching possible options relating to the implication of a bottle return scheme in the island.

‘I would highlight the recent introduction of the refill scheme which has the potential to substantially reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles.’

Once a consultation on the second phase of the single-use plastics reduction plan was completed, it would be put before Tynwald, he said.

Source: IOM Today