Deposit scheme for drinks containers

The Government is holding a public consultation on proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The scheme, which includes glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans, would mean that a deposit would be added to the price of the drink when they are bought. This deposit would be redeemed when customers return their empty drinks containers to a specific point.


The main aims are to increase recycling and reduce littering of drinks containers.


These proposals are in no way a new idea. In fact, the idea of recycling used bottles is something that has gone on for years and years.


My father was a milkman and he would collect the empty bottles of milk and recycle them when he dropped off the fresh bottles. This recycling system was also widespread for fizzy drinks deliveries.


In those days we used to recycle because it was cost effect as well as being the right thing to do. Unfortunately, as time has gone by, milkmen have become rare, as more people buy their milk from supermarkets and dispose of the plastic containers themselves.


This consultation is looking for the views from everyone, from the general public to the drinks’ producers and packaging companies.


If there is a viable way to introduce a deposit scheme, I think it is well worth looking at and I would encourage people who are interested to take part in this consultation.


Reducing waste and recycling are key to our future and for future generations and I think schemes like this are just the start of a major change in the right direction.


The consultation runs until May 13th.  To find out more information, visit: