Closed consultation

Introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Applies to England, Northern Ireland and Wales

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Detail of feedback received

We received 2,590 responses to this consultation.

Due to the large scope of the consultation, we are still analysing the responses and making key policy decisions.

We expect to publish a full government response to this consultation by early 2022.


Seeking views on our plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

By creating a deposit return scheme, we want to increase the recycling rate of drinks containers and reduce littering. Introducing such a scheme will help change consumer behaviour to encourage higher levels of drinks container recycling.

We need your views on:

  • how a deposit return scheme will operate
  • scheme scope and design
  • implementation timelines
  • scheme enforcement
Published 24 March 2021
Last updated 18 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added detail of feedback received.

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