Government Announces New Deposit Return Scheme

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced that the Government will be introducing a new deposit return scheme to encourage recycling. The decision comes after Ministers have visited other European countries to examine how recycling has worked in reducing the amount of waste being created.

Gove said in a statement:

“We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats. It is absolutely vital we act now to tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that go unrecycled. We have already banned harmful microbeads and cut plastic bag use, and now we want to take action on plastic bottles to help clean up our oceans”.

There will now be a consultation which examines how a deposit scheme would work and how it would be funded.  The Scottish Government has already announced that it is to introduce a similar scheme and the Welsh Government is also looking into a similar project.