The Introduction of a Deposit Return System in England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Consultation opened on 13 February 2019. Closing date 13 May 2019.


The consultation seeks responses on proposals to introduce a deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales whilst recognising that any DRS should form part of a coherent packaging producer responsibility system across the UK.


Consultation description

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The consultation seeked views on measures to  help reduce the amount of littering in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, boost recycling levels for relevant material, offer the enhanced possibility to collect high quality materials in greater quantities and promote recycling through clear labelling and consumer messaging.  It set out details on how a DRS could be managed, financed and operated and proposed certain materials for inclusion in a DRS are PET and HDPE plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans, and glass bottles and includes a broad range of drinks, including water, soft drinks, juices, alcohol, and milk-containing drinks, where they are sold in containers made of these materials.

The consultation set out two options for a DRS, both of which cover the same materials and drinks outlined above, but differ in terms of the size of the drinks containers in-scope. The options were :-

  • the all-in’ model,  which would not place any restrictions on the size of drinks containers in-scope of a DRS; and
  • the ‘on-the-go’ model, which would restrict the drinks containers in-scope to those less than 750ml in size and sold in single format containers. This model would target drinks beverages most often sold for consumption outside of the home (while ‘on-the-go’).

This consultation is held on Defra Website

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