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Introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic and glass

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...and introduce a deposit return scheme to incentivise people to recycle plastic and glass.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.43

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS), under which customers pay a small ‘deposit’ on top of the price of a product, which is refunded if they return the empty glass or plastic container.
  • In January 2020, the government introduced the Environment Bill which, if passed, will enable the establishment of deposit return schemes. In February 2021, the Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into the introduction of the schemes, to assist with framing and help ensure efficacy, and from March to June 2021 the government held a consultation on introducing a DRS. The consultation feedback is being analysed. The Queen’s Speech in May 2021 confirmed the government’s ongoing commitment to the introduction of a DRS “for drinks containers”.
  • The Environment Bill is making its way through Parliament and preparatory work is under way to fulfil this pledge, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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