Waste consultations

June 22, 2021

The Government have recently published three consultations concerning waste and recycling: Consistency in Household and Business Recycling in England, Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging (EPR).  

In the Consistency consultation, the government are proposing: the separate collection of a common set of materials for recycling, free garden waste collections and weekly food waste collections for all households.  

A DRS is a recycling system in which consumers pay a deposit when purchasing a drink in plastic bottles, cans, or glass bottles. The deposit is returned to the consumer once the empty item is returned for recycling. The government hopes that introducing a DRS for drinks containers would reduce littering and increase both recycling rates and the quality of recycling.  

The aim of EPR is for packaging producers to pay for the full costs of managing packaging waste that is produced and placed on the market. It is proposed that this includes the costs of collecting, sorting, recycling, and disposing of packaging, the costs of managing littered and discarded packaging and the costs of communications campaigns to encourage correct recycling and disposal behaviours by consumers.  

Further information can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.