Welsh town to test new plastic bottle deposit return plan: A brand new digital deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles will be trialled by Welsh households as the country makes progress towards a zero-waste, circular economy.

The 4 week trial which is the first of its kind in Wales, will include a number of homes in Conwy County Borough Council & will be taking off in the spring.

The action is a cooperation among the council, Polytag Ltd, the Welsh Government & WRAP.

Households will be supplied with a lot of bottles tagged by Polytag, which they scan when depositing in their recycling containers while using a free app.

They will be given a digital token with each worth 20p, for each bottle scanned at the close of the DRS operation, with the tokens donated to collect funds for Ysgol Pen y Bryn, the area  primary school.

Polytag already tested the tech in the village of Greasby on the Wirral, in cooperation with Ecosurety, where 91% of the tagged packaging was favourably recycled.

Digital DRS schemes permit local authorities, brands & regulators to oversee recycling rates that way they can analyse household habits.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs announced: “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.”

Welsh town to test new plastic bottle deposit return plan

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