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12 September 2019

Well-designed DRS will support reuse of materials as new packaging

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee has called for Government to focus on reducing all single-use packaging in its latest report.

The committee also stated its support for Government proposals to improve the recycling rate with extended producer responsibility, a deposit return scheme and consistency in recycling collections.

British Soft Drinks Association Director-General Gavin Partington said: "We welcome the committee’s alignment with our long-standing support for the introduction of an ‘all-in’, GB-wide deposit return scheme (DRS) as our analysis shows that this option has the best chance of increasing recycling rates and reducing litter.

“The cans and plastic bottles used by British soft drinks manufacturers are 100% recyclable. A well-designed DRS will increase the quantity and quality of material collected for recycling, supporting its reuse as new packaging.”

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