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Money-back scheme for drinks containers considered to boost recycling

soft drinks bottles in supermarket.

A money-back scheme for drinks bottles and cans is being considered as a way to boost recycling.

Environment minister Edwin Poots said his department is considering a fee-based scheme to encourage producers to design and use packaging that is easier to re-use and recycle.

He said almost half of the estimated 1.3 million items of litter on the north's streets consist of packaging including bottles and drinks cans.

"I am launching a consultation on options for a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers including glass bottles, aluminium and steel cans and PET plastic bottles," he said.

"In this type of scheme the public will be able to recoup a deposit for return of drinks containers through reverse vending machines or directly through retailers.

"We know from a previous consultation there is overwhelming public support for the deposit return scheme."

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