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BILL LAUNCHED TO CUT WASTE WITH DEPOSITS

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A private member's bill calling for five pence deposits to be paid by consumers on all bottles and cans, is unlikel...
A private member's bill calling for five pence deposits to be paid by consumers on all bottles and cans, is unlikely to win backing from the government, reports The Guardian (section 2, p13).

The bill has been launched by MP Christopher Leslie, who points out that the amount of litter and landfill generated by waste is putting enormous strains on council budgets.

He says: 'The deposit system has been going in Denmark for some time now and has had tremendous results. There is a small expense involved in setting up the system, but once it's in place, it becomes self-financing.'

The launch of the bill coincides with the final stage of the EU's packaging regulations, which come into force on Sunday and aim to reduce the amount of waste by forcing companies to use a minumum of packaging.

A spokeswomen for the department of the environment, transport and the regions said: 'Hopefully the packaging regulations will encourage companies to take this action, and we feel we have to let the directive take effect.'
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