The Speaker
Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – 15:29

Bottle and can deposit return scheme set to begin in England

A deposit-return scheme for single-use bottles is to be introduced in England, subject to consultation. 

The Government has confirmed plastic, glass and metal containers would be included in the scheme, which would aim to heavily reduce the amount of waste and increase the amount of recycling. A consultation will be held later this year to look at how the scheme would work, and the scheme could be in place by the end of the current Parliament.

Consumers in the UK use around 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year, over three billion of which are sent to landfill or left to pollute the environment.

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