Coffey dismisses local authority concerns regarding ‘all-in’ DRS

The UK Resources Minister Therese Coffey echoed the words of Environment Minister Michael Gove in her support for an ‘all-in’ deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, dismissing concerns from local authorities that it would divert valuable material away from the kerbside collection system.

Speaking at an evidence session for an inquiry into plastic food and drink packaging by Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee, Coffey said she “didn’t think there was a threat to the sustainability of the kerbside system” from a DRS that would accept all drinks containers rather than just those used ‘on-the-go’, adding that any lost revenue would be made up for by increased money made available to councils through the new extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging.

Coffey stated that an ‘all-in’ system provided ‘straightforwardness’ for consumers in the knowledge that all containers would have a deposit placed on them as opposed to only certain items.