Press releases

24 March 2021

BSDA welcomes Defra consultation on DRS

Defra has launched a fresh consultation on introducing a deposit return scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

BSDA Director General, Gavin Partington, said:

“We welcome the UK Government’s launch of a consultation on a proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers as a vital step towards a more circular system that will help to increase bottle-to-bottle recycling as well as tackling litter. The drinks bottles and containers used by UK soft drinks manufacturers are all fully recyclable, and the British Soft Drinks Association has long supported the introduction of a well-designed GB-wide DRS.

“However, any new DRS must be introduced alongside reform of the existing producer responsibility system for packaging. This matter needs to be addressed urgently. The UK Government must also ensure that any materials captured within its DRS are not subject to other regulatory obligations or charges which could perversely hamper progress towards the circular economy we all want to see.”

Notes to Editors

  • The BSDA is a founder member of Circularity Scotland, a not for profit organisation seeking to run Scotland’s DRS.
  • The BSDA continues to support the introduction of GB-wide deposit return scheme as our analysis shows that this option has the best chance of increasing recycling rates and reducing litter.