Global Plastic Policy Reviews

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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

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Strength of evidence: Limited Available Evidence
Reviewed under framework: Yes

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. There were some problems with retailers refusing to pay consumers cash for their returns, providing vouchers for their stores instead which is contrary to the legislation. 

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Our methods

Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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Guidance

In light of our findings, we've created targeted guidance for Policy Makers, Citizens and Businesses.

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