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UK far from united on deposit return system for single-use beverage packaging

19 Apr 2021 − 

The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) does not expect to introduce a deposit system for single-use beverage packaging in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until the end of 2024 at the earliest.

The Department had originally planned to introduce a deposit return system (DRS) in 2023. Following an initial public consultation in 2019, the Department has now launched a second round of consultation on the issue which runs until 4 June.

Scotland is much further along in the process of establishing a DRS than are England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The devolved government for Scotland had already presented its plans for a deposit on beverage cans, glass and PET bottles in 2017 and created the legal basis for it in 2020. It also recently named the operator for the planned deposit system.

⇒ This is an excerpt from a more comprehensive article to be published in the next edition of EUWID Packaging Markets.

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