Hundreds and thousands of plastic bottles gather on the conveyer belt which is fed by massive trucks after which, the plastic bottles disappear inside the warehouse which is located on the outskirts of Oslo. When a worker picks up some of the escaped bottles from the ground, Kjell Olav Maldum tells him, it is a system that actually benefits the mankind. This method can be used in the UK and certainly, it would benefit from it too and many countries across the globe can learn from it as well.
Infinitum is an organization in Norway that runs the deposit return scheme for coke bottles and cans where Maldum is the chief executive. More than 97% of the plastic bottles and cans used for drinks are recycled here and 92% of them are recycled to such an extent that they are again used as bottles for drinks. According to Maldum, there are several materials that have been recycled more than 50 times and are still in process and less than 1% of the plastic bottles get deposited in the environment.
When public awareness of the plastic pollution crisis increased earlier this year, Michael Gove, the environment secretary, made an announcement that England is soon going to introduce its very own deposit-return scheme. The announcement was certainly a big news but there wasn’t enough information available at the time of the announcement.
Last year, Therese Coffey – environment minister, came to Infinitum to see Maldum in Oslo after which, she said that she had come well-prepared for all the questions. She had the idea what was going on and what is being done. The plastic pollution crisis scale is briefly documented. Few reliable reports suggest that even the most remote oceans and seabeds are now contaminated with plastic causing dreadful consequences for both human health and wildlife.