Letters: The milk bottle shows how standardised glass can reduce plastic usage

Empty milk bottles line a doorstep Credit: Pat Tuson / Alamy Stock Photo

SIR – One way of reducing the huge amount of plastic waste currently generated (report, January 11) would be to increase the use of glass bottles.

At present, where glass bottles are used, as with beer, they are taken to a bottle bank and the glass re-made into new bottles. This is expensive in terms of cash and energy use.

The most effective recycling of a container is the milk bottle, re-used again and again. These are of a standard design that can be used by different dairies.

If other drink bottles, almost all of which come in similar volumes, were to be standardised, they could then be used in different drink-makers’ bottling machines.

Edward Sargent
Sevenoaks, Kent


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