Benefits of DRS
11th July 2019. by Robin Mannering, Convenience Store.
Economic benefits of DRS highlighted as questions remain unanswered.
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An all-encompassing Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) would be eight times more beneficial to the UK economy than a more restricted ‘on the go’ system, government analysis has revealed – but questions over the in-store practicalities of a DRS remain unanswered.
A DRS which included all drinks cans and bottles could generate £2bn for the economy over 10 years, compared to £250m that would be generated by a so-called ‘on-the-go’ system, according to the government’s own impact assessment.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which has highlighted the figures, said an ‘on-the-go’ system - collecting only a proportion of drinks containers produced - would result in a fraction of the economic benefit.
But the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government consider the practical implications for retailers before introducing a DRS system.
Earlier this year, the Scottish government announced its plans to introduce a DRS for glass, plastic, steel and aluminium drinks containers of all sizes and for all retailers. However, retailers are still waiting for answers on a number of practical concerns, such as how Reverse Vending Machines will be funded and how often returned containers will be collected.
A Scottish government spokeswoman said an expert advice group would report back on further details on the DRS proposals later this year.
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