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APRS Sign Open Letter to PM on Deposit Return

APRS have signed an Open Letter to the Prime Minister along with 36 other business and charities reiterating commitment to implementing deposit return across the UK.

APRS has signed a letter, along with manufacturers, retailers and environmental organisations, has
written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urging him to work with the rest of the UK governments
and press ahead with a deposit return scheme (DRS) to protect the environment from littered
drinks packaging and dramatically increase recycling rates.

The charity’s research shows more than 70% of litter is the result of drinks consumption with
around 20 million drink containers littered, incinerated or ending up in landfill daily – that’s
more than seven billion wasted every year.

Following recent reports about the costs of DRS and calls to abandon it, the cohort –
including major soft drinks producers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Suntory, the British Soft
Drinks Association, a raft of environmental organisations including WWF, Surfers Against
Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society and trade body the Federation of Independent
Retailers – is collectively voicing support for the Government’s commitment to DRS,
reiterating it should be aligned across all nations in terms of deposit levels, timeline, scope
and fees.

The Government has pledged a target of reaching net zero by 2050 but this will require
stagnant recycling rates to increase significantly.

The most effective way of achieving this is through the introduction of a DRS, which will
provide the infrastructure to help significantly increase recycling rates – at no cost to the
taxpayer. Along with plans for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging, DRS
has huge potential to both address the litter crisis and create a more circular economy, with
valuable packaging materials retrieved and reused rather than ending up being buried,
burned or littered.

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