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Deposit scheme for bottles – consultation ends 4th June

  • by JW

… as part of a wider push to ‘revolutionise how we recycle’.


Plastic bottles and cans have quite an impact on the environment:

The impact of glass/plastic/aluminium drinks bottles and cans – Vision Group for Sidmouth


The Daily Mail headlined one part of the government’s programme to tackle this:


Queen’s Speech: Ministers WILL introduce a 1960s-style deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and cans which could see shoppers handed 20p for every one they recycle under plans for green ‘revolution’

  • Ministers confirmed in Queen’s Speech they will rollout deposit return scheme
  • Scheme for bottles and cans could see shoppers handed 20p for recycled items
  • Plans in Environment Bill part of a wider push to ‘revolutionise how we recycle’

Queen’s Speech: Ministers to introduce recycling deposit return scheme | Daily Mail Online


With the official pages on how to take part here:

Introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – GOV.UK


The industry is fairly enthusiastic – especially about having one system across the board:

Defra opens consultation on standardising recycling collection across England | Resource Magazine

Deposit Return Scheme: Time is Running Out to Get Your Voice Heard.


However, there are some misgivings over delays and inconsistencies:

DEFRA consultation on consistent waste collections delayed again


Meanwhile, the CPRE has been on the case:

You can help shape the deposit return scheme – CPRE

Money in the (bottle) bank