I was under the impression that this was a global phenomenon since at least 50-70 years or so, but apparently not?
Basically, I went to the Swedish Wikipedia article for "Pant": https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pant_(förpackning)
Then I checked the "other languages" section to the left to learn what it's called in English. But there is no English article, which usually means that it doesn't exist as a concept in English.
To make it clear, I'm talking about "pant" as in:
- You buy a soda can or bottle in a store.
- You go home and drink it.
- At a later point, you return to that store (or, I believe, any other store equipped with a little "recycling station") where you put in the empty soda can/bottle, it is scanned, and you get a receipt which you can use to buy food in the store or to cash out.
Basically, you are "incentivized" (or extorted, if you will...) to recycle them through having to pay a little extra for each can/bottle, allowing you to get that "locked up" money back.
If this is not a thing in the USA (for example), do all those cans/bottles end up in the trash/landfills? Aren't they recycled at all?