Prince Charles is likely to be celebrating, as plans to introduce a plastic bottle and can deposit scheme have been proposed.
It is an idea that the future King himself suggested last year, when he spoke to ITV news. He told them, “What I have been trying to get the point across about is for a deposit scheme for plastic bottle…yes, we should do it.”
The scheme would see customers having to pay a deposit when purchasing single-use glass and plastic bottles, and also aluminium and steel cans.
Shoppers would only then get their deposit back if they returned the container.
The idea has been proposed in Government but it is still in its very early stages. It will only be brought into force if it passes the consultation stage, later on this year.
It also has not yet been decided how big the deposit would be. However, in Germany, where a similar initiative is in place, customers pay an extra 22p on top of the cost of the bottle.
Sweden also has a similar scheme in place.
The idea would be brought in in a bid to reduce plastic waste, after David Attenborough’s series Blue Planet highlighted just how damaging it is to the environment and animals.
The Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs estimate that there is over 150 million tonnes of the stuff in our world’s oceans.
Prince Charles has long been an advocate for environmental issues. He has famously encouraged businesses to take action on climate change, and has worked to conserve many of the world’s precious species.
And at a recent meeting of environmentalists and business leaders, the royal even delivered an impassioned speech on the topic of plastic waste.
He spoke openly of his frustration at the world ‘ignoring’ the problem, and even referred to the ‘nightmare’ of plastic in our oceans.
Prince Charles said, “The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year is set to get worse rather than better.
“We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue… I do fervently pray that you will all do your utmost to work together in the coming year to make real, substantial progress.
“It could not be more critical that you succeed.”