Back in the 1950s, when Coke was dispensed in glass bottles, they had a self-imposed deposit of 40 cents. Coca-Cola wanted their expensive glass bottles back so they could reuse them. Before the introduction of cheap plastic, Coca-Cola was motivated to deal with its trash- 🚫not the consumers. As a result, they used reusable glass bottles to cut down on the costs of packaging. But today virgin plastic is cheaper than both glass bottles and recycled plastic!
😈 Coca-Cola recently admitted producing over 3 million metric tonnes of plastic every single year. An article from The Guardian calculates that is the equivalent of creating 200,000 bottles every minute. Although Coca-Cola's plastic is made form recyclable PET plastic, most bottles are not recycled. So with the transition away from glass bottling, Coca-Cola moves the burden of waste management from producers onto consumers.
One possible solution to this problem is to develop a deposit return scheme, which involves consumers paying a small deposit on top of the price of a bottled drink. The deposit is refunded when the bottle is returned to an in-store collection point or a reverse vending machine. The bottles are then collected and reused into new bottles.
Do you agree a deposit return scheme is a good solution?
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