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Poll: Would you welcome a refund scheme for empty bottles and cans?

A Labour Party councillor has called for a cash for cans and bottles scheme to help curb illegal dumping.

Image: Bottles via Shutterstock

TO HELP CURB illegal dumping a Labour Party councillor has called for an introduction of  a refund deposit scheme for alcohol containers.

Thomas Redmond from Athy told that he was inspired by similar schemes in place like Germany where people can return their bottles or cans to a specific centre or location and receive a small amount of cash in return, between 10c and 25c.

study on a deposit and return system for bottles in Ireland was published by Repak in 2008 showed that it would be costly and and would mean higher retail prices. It also showed it would be expensive to set up because Ireland would have to do so from scratch, rather than building on an existing system.

So today we want to know what do you think? Would you welcome a refund deposit scheme for your empty bottles and cans?

Poll Results:

Yes (2751)
No (2355)
I don't know (182)

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