Friday, January 15, 2021

Virgin’s Richard Branson Calls For Plastic Deposit Refund System


Billionaire philanthorpist Richard Branson is calling for the establishment of “deposit refund systems” to help stem the flow of plastic into the earth’s oceans.

Such systems are able to gather nearly 100 percent of plastic bottles, resulting in their never getting dumped in the environment, Branson writes in a recent blog post:

“Deposit refund systems are currently operating in multiple countries and territories with a combined population of over 200 million. I remember this system working in the UK, collecting and re-using valuable glass bottles until the 1980s but it was phased out with the introduction of cheaper, single-use plastic bottles.”

Return rates in Germany are more than 98 percent, attesting to their effectiveness, according to Branson.

Check out Branson’s full blog post here.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


  1. This is a scary thought; but I believe it’s true. I haven’t been on a dive recently where someone on the boat didn’t pull up trash. SOMETHING must be done, I hope that something like this comes to fruition and we can move toward keeping the planet healthy.


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