Deposit return scheme could generate £2bn boost for economy

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
CPRE has campaigned for a DRS for more than ten years

An ‘all-in’ deposit return scheme (DRS) which includes all types of plastic and glass drinks containers could bring a £2 billion boost to the economy over ten years.

That’s according to new research by countryside charity Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) which has campaigned for a DRS for more than ten years.

CPRE said limiting collections to an on-the-go system would generate a comparative £250 million due to it collecting a fraction of drinks containers on the market.

Savings will come from a reduction in waste to landfill, clean-up costs of littered containers and fewer carbon emissions caused by extracting and producing raw materials for new drinks containers.

Maddy Haughton-Boakes, litter campaigner at CPRE, said: “This is yet more evidence of the positive impact that a DRS will have on the whole of society.

“Government has an opportunity to ensure England gets the most effective and economically viable DRS in the world.

"A failure to ensure that all drinks containers- of all sizes and materials- are included in the scheme would be a clear sign that they were putting the profits of vested interests above the benefits to society, the economy, our countryside and environment.”

The analysis was conducted using Defra’s impact assessments which estimated recycling of drinks containers would be boosted to above 90%.

Scotland announced its plans to introduce a DRS for glass, plastics, steel and aluminium containers of all sizes earlier this year, to mixed reviews.

Defra promised to introduce a DRS in England in its Resources and Waste Strategy.

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