On Friday 20th January, the long-awaited results from the consultation on the deposit return scheme were finally published.
The consultation sought views on Defra’s plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and ran from 24th March to 4th June 2021
By creating a deposit return scheme, Government hopes to change consumer behaviour by increasing the recycling rate of drinks containers and reduce littering.
Views were sought on:
- how a deposit return scheme will operate
- scheme scope and design
- implementation timelines
- scheme enforcement
Defra will now work with industry, Welsh Government, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland, to set up the scheme.
The expected start date for the scheme is 1st October 2025.
You read the report in full here