Taking to social media, PN MP Justin Schembri highlighted some of the apparent issues surrounding the Beverage Container Refund Scheme.
‘I feel like the government has gotten the public pleading for what is rightfully theirs’ he said.
He went on to explain the established procedure associated with the vending machine scheme. A tax of 10c was introduced on every purchased bottle, which can only be reimbursed by waiting in line to put these bottles in a recycling vending machine.
‘You must then go and swap your coupons to earn your money back’, despite this not being available at every store in contrast to the tax being nationally universal.
He went on to say that for people like him who have been, and will continue to, recycling, this measure is only tax. ‘Whilst I understand the importance of recycling, this is only theft for a population already practicing recycling’ he said.
‘Wouldn’t it be better if no bottles have an increased tax and whoever wishes continues to trade coupons earned from the vending machines? But it is shameful to force me to do so’ he concluded.