10c refund for disposal of plastic, metal and glass bottles in special depositories – PM
An agreement in principle has been signed at Castille between the Recovery and Recycling Agency and the private sector, for a refund scheme for plastic, glass and metal drinks containers.
During the signing, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that this scheme will become effective within a year through a ten million euro investment from the private sector for machinery which will accept the depositing of containers. Dr Muscat went on to explain that persons depositing plastic, metal or glass bottles will be given a 10 cent refund.
Environment Minister Jose’ Herrera stated that some 200 million drinks containers are discarded yearly, and the majority of these are plastic.
The Prime Minister tweeted that in Malta, three out of every four containers are lost at sea or in waste dumps. The aim is for this scheme to reverse the situation, leading to the recycling of three out of every four containers.
The private companies have formed a Joint Venture which will be led by Pierre Fava, and have signed an agreement to implement the scheme together with the Recovery and Recycling Agency. Mr Fava said he is satisfied that this scheme will lead to the reduction of further harm to the environment caused by the dumping of plastic, metal and water bottles. He said he appreciates that this was possible because the Government was ready to listen and that this scheme would bear fruit as from next year.
It is estimated that in one year around 200 million plastic, metal and glass bottles are thrown away. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the bottle refund scheme will bring about a great revolution in waste management because, through this agreement with companies which manufacture soft drinks and bear, the public will be encouraged to dispose of their containers inside these machines and take their deposits back on them. The PM said that he is confident that through this scheme three-fourths of the 200 million containers which are placed on the market each year will be collected.
Dr Muscat said that Malta has experienced considerable economic growth which is four times greater than the European average and this brings with it an increase in waste, which is why with this scheme and other initiatives, we will be reducing the damage to the environment caused mostly by plastic.
Environment Minister Jose’ Herrera said that the next step is to begin a process of tenders so that the private sector can start working on this refund scheme which will give consumers ten cents back for every container which is deposited in these special machines.