Applies to England, Northern Ireland and Wales
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Detail of outcome
The deposit return scheme has received strong support as outlined in the government response. Defra will work with industry, Welsh Government, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland, to now set up the scheme. The expected start date for the scheme is 1 October 2025.
Detail of feedback received
We received 2,590 responses to this consultation.
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