Ministers meet to discuss UK-wide deposit return scheme

Ministers from the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments, as well as officials from Northern Ireland, met on Friday (6 July) to discuss plans for a collective deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers that would operate all nations of the UK.

Plans for a DRS have been gaining momentum in recent months, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove announcing that England would see a DRS introduced later this year – although this was later revised to 2020 – after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had committed to a DRS in Scotland back in September 2017. The Welsh Government has also suggested that it would explore the introduction of a DRS in Wales.

UK Resources Minister Therese Coffey, Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn were present at the summit held on Friday to coordinate plans for a single UK-wide deposit scheme.