Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Consultation opened on 24 March 2021. Closing date 04 June 2021 at 23:59.


The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on plans to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This consultation will run in tandem with the consultation on proposals to introduce Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging in the UK.

Consultation description

Following strong support from the first consultation in 2019 Northern Ireland, England and Wales committed to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers subject to further consultation. This second consultation focuses on specific policy proposals for its introduction, including the scope of materials, scheme governance, return points, and collection targets. The proposals set out in this consultation work together to create a scheme that incentivises consumers to change their behaviour, leading to higher recycling rates and lower levels of littering.

We want to know what you think about our proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. We need your views on how a deposit return scheme will operate, including your thoughts on scheme design, scheme governance, implementation timelines and enforcement. We are seeking views from across the industry, as well as members of the public, on how the scheme will function to ensure it achieves the desired outcomes. Responses to this consultation will help inform final policy decisions on key aspects of the scheme, such as governance, targets and implementation timelines.

This consultation is held on the Defra website:

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