Will we soon be paying a deposit on plastic bottles and cans?

The Depositiegeldalliantie campaign starts simultaneously in the Netherlands and Belgium. 55 Dutch municipalities and 13 Belgian municipalities are already participating: Ghent, De Panne, Bredene, Meerhout, Alken, Wevelgem, Maasmechelen, Lanaken, Essen, Laakdal, Zwevegem, Wortegem-Petegem and Kasterlee. Companies and organizations such as Ecopower, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, GentsMilieufront, Proper Strandlopers, Conscious Crew, Oostkustpolder water board, the Algemeen Boerensyndicaat and Nature & Progrès will also start immediately.

Specifically, the alliance asks the following:

  • a structural solution for the pollution of streets, roadsides, beaches, rivers and seas by plastic drink bottles and drink cans
  • a fair solution to litter by removing its costs from citizens and local authorities and making packaging industry accountable
  • a sustainable, circular model for the management of raw materials
  • the request to the governments of the three regions to introduce the deposit system for beverage cans and large and small plastic beverage bottles.
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