World’s First Bottle-Deposit Program Lagging Others, Report Says

April 26, 2019, 9:51 PM

British Columbia, the world’s first jurisdiction to encourage recycling beverage containers with financial deposits, has fallen behind global counterparts and loses one-fifth of containers to landfills and the environment each year, an advocacy group said April 26.

The Canadian province’s beverage container recycling rates are declining, most likely due to the rise in small plastic bottles and the drop in the amount of people recycling them, the Ocean Legacy Foundation said in a report.

British Columbia launched the world’s first program in 1970, followed by Oregon a year later.

Around 43 percent of the eight million metric ...

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