We recently responded to a government consultation on a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers (consultation by DEFRA, closed 4th June 2021). This is something we have been campaigning for and we are pleased to see that the government is proposing to have a national scheme from 2024, whereby if people buy drinks in cans and bottles there is a small deposit in the price, which can be recovered by returning them to collection points. Such schemes are proposed for England, Wales, N Ireland and Scotland. They already exist in other European countries, parts of USA and Australia. BFOE has had a campaign in favour, which we called Don’t Lose your Bottle.
You can view our response to the consultation HERE and is our response to the 2020 consultation into the details of the scheme.