Andrea Leadsom is Environment SecretaryCredit:Jack Taylor /Getty Environmental campaigners have criticised the Government for not pushing ahead with the idea. There were warnings when the idea was suggested that such a scheme who could punish consumers who were already doing the right thing, by putting waste in a recycling bin rather than taking it back.Conservative MP Will Quince said at the time: “We all want to increase recycling but we have to be careful about punishing those who are already doing the right thing.”The vast majority do already recycle and try their best, but a scheme of this nature is not a reward scheme, its actually a punishment scheme because you pay out at the beginning and you only get your money back at the end if you take your bottle back. “Whether or not people would do that I don’t know, many people would still stick it in the recycling box at home and if that’s the case its just another tax.”A Defra spokesman said: “There are no plans for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. “We have made great progress in boosting recycling rates and making more products recyclable, but there is still much more to be done. “Almost all local authorities now collect plastic bottles as part of their general waste collection services.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Government is likely to reject proposals for a plastic bottle charge, which had been suggested as a way to encourage recycling and crack down on waste clogging up landfill sites. Last months ministers were said to be considering a 10p or 20p levy imposed on plastic bottles and containers, which customers could reclaim if they returned it. The scheme had already been piloted in Scotland. Environment ministerTherese Coffey had said The Government was “developing a new litter strategy”.But a source in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the policy was now “unlikely”, although “not off the table”, according to the Daily Mail.
Plastic bottle tax unlikely as Government rejects deposit scheme proposal