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16 July 2019

Gove is right to support 'all-in' DRS – but GB-wide scheme is a must

UK Government Environment Secretary Michael Gove today (16 July) declared his support for a deposit return scheme (DRS) covering all sizes of drinks cans and bottles.

In response, British Soft Drinks Association Director-General Gavin Partington said: "We welcome the UK Government’s alignment with our long-standing position on the introduction of an ‘all-in’ DRS.

“However, with the Scottish Government pushing to introduce its own scheme, it is critically important that work is undertaken urgently to instead deliver a GB-wide full DRS. Our assessment suggests that this is the best way to increase recycling levels and tackle litter.”