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December 7, 2020

Conwy, Wales to pilot Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles

A consortium involving the Welsh Government is planning to pilot a new deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles in Colwyn Heights, Conwy.

A consortium involving the Welsh Government is planning to pilot a new deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles in Colwyn Heights, Conwy.

The consortium, which includes Deeside, North Wales-based Polytag, Conwy County Borough Council and WRAP, will conduct the trial over four weeks.

During the scheme, which is set to start in the spring, householders will be provided with a set of bottles tagged by Polytag.

The bottles can be scanned when placed in recycling containers and upon collection by Conwy County Borough Council’s household waste recycling team.

Wales Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs minister Lesley Griffiths said: “Measures such as these will allow a more flexible system for consumers than having to return items such as bottles or containers themselves, and will link in well with existing infrastructure already in place at the household recycling collection systems run by local authorities.”

“By taking advantage of new technologies, we can move closer on our route to a circular economy – and I look forward to seeing the results of the trial once it has taken place.”

Through this scheme, households can earn a digital token worth 20p for each bottle, which will then be donated to raise funds for Ysgol Pen y Bryn, the local primary school.

In July this year, the Government of Wales revealed plans to ban single use plastic including straws, stirrers, cotton buds, balloon sticks, plates, cutlery, food and drinks containers made of expanded polystyrene; and products made from oxo-degradable plastic.

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