The launch of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles could save English councils up to £35 million a year, according to a report published today by Keep Britain Tidy.
This changes the conversation surrounding the scheme, as in the past local authorities have raised concerns that they would lose money due to a reduced number of kerbside collections to sell to recyclers.
Findings say that the forecasted reduction in litter and landfill charges, as well as the predicted fall in the amount of containers to collect and sort for recycling, will outweigh the scheme's costs.
Scotland announced its commitment to a DRS last month, and schemes have found huge success in Norway, Germany and Denmark.
Evidence shows that these countries have seen collection rates increase to above ninety per cent, and have also seen a huge decrease in litter.
Sue Kinsey, Senior Pollution Policy Officer from the Marine Conservation Society, a commissioner of the study, said: "We strongly urge the Government to introduce a DRS into England, ensuring that it dovetails with any systems in Scotland and Wales."
The war on plastic continues. Exciting times ahead.