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

In 2019, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) launched the consultation on Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, in conjunction with the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland.

The consultation set out the aims of introducing a deposit return scheme, which would be to reduce the amount of littering, 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.

This second consultation will build on the first consultation, offering a chance to explore further what the continued appetite is for a deposit return scheme in a ‘post-Covid’ context.

The consultation closes on 4 June 2021, for further information please visit the Defra consultation hub.

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging

The consultation sets out proposals for the introduction of ‘Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging’. The second consultation is 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. Details of the first consultation can be found on GOV.UK.

Responses to this consultation will help inform final policy decisions on key aspects of the scheme, such as governance, recycling targets and implementation timelines.

The consultation closes on 4 June 2021, for further information please visit the Defra consultation hub.
 

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