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We’re one step closer to getting a deposit system that could boost recycling for bottles and cans to more than 90%, as Defra consults on two options on how the system will operate.

We welcome the commitment to the scheme but hope the Government learns from past mistakes when consulting retailers and the packaging industry.

CPRE recently highlighted extracts from archived transcripts demonstrating that the decision by the House of Lords to reject a Beverage Container Bill in 1981. It shows that 26 trade associations lobbied the Government to reject a deposit system, on the grounds they would voluntarily take action to deal with the packaging they create. Almost forty years on, the polluted state of our countryside, streets and oceans proves that any effort they may have made has failed.

Last year, the packaging industry paid just £73 million towards the £1 billion clean-up costs of dealing with their products, while tax payers were left to foot the remaining 93% of the £1 billion.

So we urge you to respond to the consultation by midnight on Monday 13th May 2019.

Here’s how:

  • Online using the citizen space consultation hub at
  • By email to:
  • Or in writing to: Deposit Return Scheme Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ground Floor, Seacole Block, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF

More information from CPRE here.