THE regional government plans to introduce a deposit return system for bottles and drink containers.
Customers will pay a 10-cent deposit which they will get back when returning glass and plastic bottles, tins and tetra brik containers, explained Elena Cebrian, who heads the Generalitat’s Environment, Climate Change and Rural Affairs department.
The scheme was successfully introduced more than 20 years ago in Germany where 99 per cent of bottles and containers are returned and practically all are recycled. It is hoped that the system can be in place by 2018, she added.
Shops and supermarkets will receive two cents for every bottle and container they accept and store, while another two cents will go to the companies that pick them up. This recompense to Valencian Community businesses should put between €30 and €35 billion in circulation annually. More than seven million bottles and containers are bought in the Valencian community each day, and some five million are thrown away.
This initiative goes beyond mere recycling, Cebrian declared, and is aimed at protecting the countryside and preventing an enormous amount of rubbish from finishing up in the rivers, streambeds, beaches and streets of the Valencian Community.