A new government initiative moves a step closer today after ministers gave the go ahead to put repeat offenders inside local bottle banks.
A spokesman for the government said “it’s a great opportunity to reduce the overcrowding issue of our young offenders institutions and at the same time greatly encourage local communities to recycle their glass bottles.“
Head of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti said “I can honestly say I would leave aside my principles & beliefs and would wholeheartedly endorse such a move.” she added, “I would be happy to take my fair trade coffee jars and bottles down to my local Waitrose bottle bank on a Sunday afternoon and lob a few in.”
Some members of the public have voiced concerned. “I am a bit worried that some people may end up throwing in more than just glass jars and bottles.” said Heather Trot from Barnet. Shane Twist of Oxford said “Great idea, get ‘em in there and throw away the key, that’s what I’d do.”
It’s expected to be piloted in areas with low glass bottle recycling numbers & high re-offending levels. The Secretary of State for Justice Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke said “it’s a marvellous idea, I did come up with the idea actually some years ago but no-one took a blind bit of notice.”
Repeat offenders will be marked on a points system for the eligibility to be incarcerated into a local bottle bank. Those chosen will be given tweezers & a pack of plasters and left to get on with it.