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Minister quizzed on how a deposit return scheme can be rolled out

19 March 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee examines the next steps for deposit return schemes, hearing from retailers and producers and the Government minister responsible.

Witnesses

24 March 2021, virtual meeting

At 2.30pm

  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores (ACS)
  • Maddy Haughton-Boakes, Campaigns Manager, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  • Jim Fox, Head of Public Affairs, Coca Cola European Partners

At 3.30pm

  • Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary under Secretary, Defra
  • Chris Preston, Deputy Director for Resources and Waste, Defra

A deposit return scheme (DRS) places a small deposit on certain drinks containers which is refunded to the customer when the container is returned at a collection point.

The Government has announced that through the Environment Bill, currently making its way through Parliament, they would seek a general power to introduce DRS’. The EAC’s work on this issue comes ahead of a further Government consultation later in the Spring on DRS’.

On Wednesday, the first panel features retailers and producers with members seeking to understand the impact the design of the scheme could have on them and from campaigners to understand the views of consumers.

DEFRA Minister Rebecca Pow will then be quizzed by the EAC, reflecting on evidence heard during the first panel and during the evidence session held on Wednesday 17 March.

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