A Deposit Return Scheme is a proven successful scheme that is run all over the world. The scheme rewards people financially for returning bottles and cans. This helps prevent plastic pollution – stopping plastic littering and impacting upon our environment.
The scheme was originally planned to be introduced in the UK in 2018. Three years later and the scheme has still not been introduced, and now the government has now said this would not take place until at least 2024.
A recent study by Reloop revealed that every year we go without a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) 8 billion more containers are lost to the environment. This means, since 2018, when the government made the commitment to introduce the DRS, a shocking 24 billion containers, including plastic bottles, and drinks cartons have polluted our blue and green spaces. This could have easily been prevented if the government had followed through with their promises and introduced an ‘all-in’ DRS (this means a scheme that takes drinks containers of all sizes and as many different materials as possible).
If we have to wait until the end of 2024, 56 Billion containers will have been lost into the environment as a result of the governments dither and delay. To stop the flow of plastic pollution into the ocean we need the government to stop the inexcusable delays and deliver on their promise to introduce a DRS now and not later. The government’s own impact assessment found the net benefit of an all-in scheme would be £5.8bn, compared to just £282m for an ‘on-the-go’ scheme.
Take action today and join us in flooding social media with photos of drinks containers, of all shapes and sizes, that you find at the beaches, parks, rivers and streets! Follow the simple steps:
- See It – whilst out on your daily exercise or whilst litter picking, find a drinks bottle
- Snap It – take a photo of it
- Share It – on Twitter / Instagram using the hashtag #DepositReturnScheme #WildBottleSighting and tag in our Chesterfield MP @TobyPerkinsMP and us (@plasticfreechez – Twitter or @plasticfreechesterfielduk – Instagram)
Example social media message:
Hey @Defra, your empty promises are choking our blue spaces! This drinks container could have been captured by an all-in #DepositReturnScheme but its ended up in the ocean. @TobyPerkinsMP will you help tackle the plastic pollution crisis and support an all-in #DRS? #WildBottleSighting @plasticfreechez
As well as this please write to our MP using this simple and easy to use form:
The government currently has a consultation out to respond on this. You can respond to the consultation using this 15 minute handy guide and let our MP Toby know that we can’t afford to delay DRS further.
The final decision is expected to be taken in July, so we have around 2 months to show MPs that people want DRS as the next step to tackle plastic pollution.