Why Norway could be the model for Britain to follow in its war on plastic bottle waste

Plastic bottles have become the latest target to fall into the Government’s cross hairs in its war on plastic waste.

On Wednesday Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the department was considering a range of proposals including introducing charges on bottles that could then be reclaimed at reverse vending machines.

The model is one that has already drastically improved recycling rates in a number of European countries.

However one of the examples MPs are studying most closely is Norway, which now recycles 96 per cent of its plastic bottles.

The Scandinavian country’s enviable recycling levels are the result of a scheme its government introduced two decades ago which used charges and…

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