RUBBISH Friends were counting the cost of recycling in Stratford.
The community clean-up group had a ‘reverse vending machine’ at their latest litter pick in the town.
Rubbish Friends is backing the vending machine scheme, from which 38 countries already benefit, to reduce the amount of cans and bottles dumped across the district. A deposit of 10p would be placed on cans and bottles which people could reclaim when they recycle them.
Although the scheme has been given the green light by the government, it is subject to a consultation and it is not yet clear whether all retailers of single-use drink cans and bottles would be required to participate.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, which is also pushing for the scheme to be introduced, brought the vending machine to the Stratford pick, where more than 1,800 cans and bottles were collected.
Rubbish Friends spokeswoman Becky Reynolds said: “The enthusiasm for the vending machine proved, without doubt, that if these machines were permanently placed in retail outlets they would create a huge reduction in litter.”
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