Growing up in a low income family, the glass bottle from coca cola was very valuable item in any household because it was a means of acquiring a new bottle of soft drink with additional payment for the drink within. The requirement in a retail shop was payment for the commodity alongside producing a used bottle of the same quantity one desired.
So the environmental problem is drinking straws, small caps and sachets for low quantity commodities. Instead of going to local individuals who are more concerned with their family and financial problems than with the environment, the innovation will go to the producers and distributors. For every quantity of production that is set for distribution, the entity will have to provide an equal amount of the recycled product for the environmental watchdogs in their community before production is authorised.
For example, to produce one satchel 5g ketchup, the production company will have to produce a used satchel of 5g ketchup. The ripple effect is that the wholesale will have to provide the producing company with the same satchel. The wholesaler will get the item from the retailer and the retailer will obtain it from the final consumer who will use it as a legal tender in addition to the monetary value of the commodity to obtain a fresh packet of 5g ketchup.
The same will apply for straw where you have to produce a used straw to obtain a new one. Water bottles where the additional restriction will be to ensure that the water bottle has its cap intact. The innovation of plastic payment in barter trade will force individual to reserve their plastic packages for use in obtaining a new commodity. Then the recycling measure will be the focus of the final recipient that uses the product, which is the original producing and packaging organisation. The said organisations can work on either repurposing the plastic products by sanitizing them for reuse of using chemical processes to create new products from the used products.
I understand that some low income individual make money from collecting plastic waste and taking them to recycling plants. These individuals can still make a living by collecting the used plastic and selling them to the rich individuals who were not careful to preserve the packages of their commodities for future use. It will be like changing all forms of plastic waste into money, literally. The catch is that the person producing the plastic for an exchange has to first ensure it basic cleanliness with no product in it.