Consultation outcome

Drinks containers – reducing litter and increasing recycling: call for evidence

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We received 276 responses to the call for evidence, which the Voluntary and Economic Incentives Working Group have now analysed. The working group’s report summarises these responses and also includes the views of the working group.

Later this year there will be a further consultation on how a deposit return system for drinks containers could work.

Original consultation


Seeking evidence on ways to reduce litter and increase recycling / reuse of drinks containers, including deposit and reward and return schemes.

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Consultation description

We are seeking views and evidence on ways to reduce littering and improve recycling and reuse of drinks containers. In particular, we want to know what evidence there is on the benefits and disadvantages of different types of deposit and reward and return schemes (DRS).

Your responses will be used by the independent Voluntary and Economic Incentives Working Group to give advice to government. This forms part of government’s commitment to its Litter Strategy for England.

If any commercially sensitive information is submitted to us in response to the call for evidence, we will remove details which could identify those who wrote it, before we share it with the Working Group.

Published 2 October 2017
Last updated 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Voluntary & Economics Incentives Working Group Report, which summarises the responses to this call for evidence and the working group's recommendations, added.
  2. The deadline for this call for evidence has now been extended to Monday 20 November.
  3. First published.