Deposit Return Scheme – Summary of 2021 consultation responses and publication of government response

Date published: 19 January 2023

The consultation on the UK-wide introduction of Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) ran for 10 weeks and closed on 4 June 2021 receiving 2,590 responses from a broad range of stakeholders.

The Government response to the consultation is linked below and this sets out the principles of how the scheme will operate. A summary of responses to the consultation is also below. We will continue to work with stakeholders on further development of the scheme.

You can read the government’s response, summary of responses below.


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