When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Barbados Returnable Containers Act on the Collection of Plastic Bottles and Reduction of Litter (Revised in 2019)View the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy enables the implementation of a deposit return scheme for plastic, metal and glass beverage bottles. There was limited evidence for this policy despite being in place since 1986. There are no set indicators for monitoring and also no defined objectives but plausible attribution suggests the scheme is successful as it has continued for so long and was extended to include other packaging in 2019 (Brathwaite, 2023; Daily Express 2020). Some issues have been reported with retailers refusing to pay consumers cash for their returns, providing vouchers for their stores instead which is contrary to the legislation (Barbados Consumers Watch, 2008; Brathwaite, 2023).
(Reviewed in Mar 2023)
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