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Environment Secretary backs deposit return scheme

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Michael Gove today threw his weight behind an all-encompassing deposit return scheme in England, to reduce litter and increase recycling, during a wide-ranging speech on the environment at Kew Gardens.

Keep Britain Tidy, as the country’s leading anti-litter charity, has been calling for deposit return scheme to reduce the number of plastic and glass bottles, aluminium cans and drinks cartons that are littered.

Schemes in other countries have led to recycling rates of more than 95% for bottles, whereas in the UK the recycling rate is less than 57%.

Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:

“The Secretary of State’s personal commitment to a comprehensive DRS scheme is fantastic news for the environment.

“Littered drinks packaging is one of the top three littered items in this country and we know giving this packaging a value to the consumer will help make it a thing of the past.

“We look forward to the proposals from the Government to introduce a deposit return scheme, to ensure that the producer pays 100% of the cost of dealing with the packaging they put to market and to reduce the number of materials being used to make, as far as possible, everything 100% recyclable.

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