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Gove hints at all-in drinks deposit scheme

Environment secretary Michael Gove has signalled that he wants an ‘all in’ deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers.

Defra’s consultation is still open on whether such a scheme should be ‘all in’ – involving drinks containers of all kinds – or be purely for ‘on the go’, involving only smaller bottles and cans typically bought for portable drinks.

Gove appeared on the BBC’s One Show (pictured), when he said: “There are different debates, different countries have different models. Should it just be the case that it’s on-the-go bottles, or would we extend it so it’s an all-in scheme so that every type of bottle and can be effectively returned?

“All in, I think, is probably the answer. But we need to listen because the way we consume drinks in this country is slightly different from other countries – we just have to get it right.”

He also said that extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging would cover 100% of the cost of the packaging for which manufacturers are responsible.

Defra’s consultations on EPR, the DRS, a plastics packaging tax and consistency in collections followed publication of its resources and waste strategy, and run to 13 May.


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