Environmental Policy

DEFRA: Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

DEFRA want to know what you think about proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This would include drinks containers such as:

  • glass bottles
  • plastic bottles
  • cans

The cost of the deposit would be added to the price of the drinks included in the scheme when they are purchased. This deposit would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to a designated return point.

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DEFRA: Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system

This consultation seeks views on measures to reduce the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of packaging that can and is recycled, through reforms to the packaging producer responsibility regulations. It also proposes that the full net costs of managing packaging waste are placed on those businesses who use packaging and who are best placed to influence its design. This is consistent with the polluter pays principle and the concept of extended producer responsibility.

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DEFRA: Plastic packaging tax

The consultation outlines the government’s proposal for how the tax will work and contains a number of questions relating to this. For example, which packaging should be in scope of the tax, how to assess recycled content, and which businesses will be liable for the tax. The government is open to views on the best design options.

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DEFRA: Consultation on the proposal to extend the Single-use Plastic bag charge to all retailers and to increase the minimum charge to 10p

The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers. The Government also want to know what you think about increasing the minimum charge to 10p.

These changes will build on the success of the existing Single Use Carrier Bags charge in reducing the effect of plastic bags in the environment.

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Scottish Government - A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the options for elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers. In 2017, the Scottish Government confirmed in their Programme for Government that they would introduce a deposit return scheme in Scotland.

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Defra – Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened a consultation seeking views on a new Clean Air Strategy, and on actions to improve air quality by reducing pollution from a wide range of sources, including tackling wood burning, air pollution from scented cleaning products and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles

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