05 March 2019
The government wants your views on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in Northern Ireland to increase recycling rates and a reduce litter
A Defra consultation is seeking views on proposals to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in Northern Ireland as part of a coherent system across the UK.
A DRS would see a deposit added to the price of drinks in 'in-scope' drinks containers at the point of purchase, which would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to designated return points. It is anticipated that a DRS will help to:
- reduce the amount of littering
- boost recycling levels
- enhance possibilities to collect high quality materials in greater quantities
- promote recycling through clear labelling and consumer messaging
It is proposed that the materials included in a DRS could be:
- PET and HDPE plastic bottles
- steel and aluminium cans
- glass bottles
A broad range of drinks, including water, soft drinks, juices, alcohol, and milk-containing drinks (but not milk or plant-based drinks such as soya), where they are sold in containers made of these materials, could be included in a DRS.
You can also email a copy of your response to the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consultation closes on 13 May 2019.