A RETURN-reward scheme for plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminium cans should be introduced in the county on a trial basis to encourage people to recycle, Fianna Fáil Councillor Audrey Buckley has said.
Reverse Vending Machines, which are widely used in other countries, should be introduced on a pilot basis in some of the towns and villages of Cork by the council in order to gauge whether or not the initiative would help reduce littering and increase recycling.
Mrs Buckley is discussing her idea today at County Hall and is hoping to gather council support in order to start a fund for these recycle and reward machines.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor, from Crosshaven, said she could see the benefit in the scheme and hoped others did too.
“I think it could work. I have seen it work in other countries such as in the States. People get 3 cents or 5 cents back on a bottle and 2 cents back on a can.”
Mrs Buckley said the scheme could run on credit in association with a supermarket such as Dunnes or Lidl where they can exchange their credit for items.
“It would be great to get stores on board, I would love to see that. I think the scheme would make a huge difference to the amount of litter we see around the place and also increase recycling.”
The Crosshaven councillor said that it would make a huge difference to clubs and groups such as scouts and girl guides that already help out with litter.
“Wouldn’t it be great to see them get some reward for their efforts on the beaches, picking up rubbish and around the town,” Audrey said.
Speaking about the viability of the initiative, Audrey said that she could see it helping with the amount of rubbish left after a concert as well.
“I think the council need to take a more productive, proactive approach, we could trial a few and see how we go.
“Eventually, we could organise special environmental grants that we could use to match fund the purchase of the machines for communities.”