Environmental Policy

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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Environmental Audit Committee: 25-Year Environment Plan

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan which was published last month. The Committee will scrutinise the Plan’s objectives and proposals. As part of the inquiry, the Committee has launched a call for written evidence.

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Defra: Drinks containers – reducing litter and increasing recycling

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has opened a consultation on ways to reduce litter and increase recycling / reuse of drinks containers, including deposit and reward and return schemes to inform the work of the Voluntary and Economic Incentives Working Group who are currently considering the feasibility of a deposit return scheme in England.

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London Assembly: Draft Environment Strategy

The Mayor of London's Office has opened a consultation on the draft London environment strategy. The strategy considers action in areas including: air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and energy, waste, adapting to climate change, and ambient noise.

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House of Commons Environment Audit Committee: Coffee Cups and Plastic Bottles

The House of Commons Environment Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into coffee cups and plastic bottle waste.  The inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and Government to reduce waste generated by coffee cups and plastic bottles, and investigate possible solutions, including deposit return schemes.

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House of Commons EFRA Committee: Food Waste Inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched an inquiry into the economic, social, and environmental impact of food waste in England.

The Committee will examine the impacts of food waste with a focus on consumers, the retail and hospitality sectors, and local government.

ACS' response can be found below.

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