Lazy recyclers should have it their way




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Lazy recycling

Here in Germany every supermarket (and there are many small ones in each town) has an automated collection machine. You put your bottle in, the machine reads the special (and obvious) bar code that's on the label. It then sorts the bottle and sends it to be crushed into a container. For this pleasure you receive 25c for each bottle. You can redeem the value at the supermarket. Easy. I seem to recall as a child the UK having corner shops and deposits on bottles so that they got taken back. Maybe it is a cultural issue that goes further than lazy recycling?

Roger Davies more than 10 years ago