Government litter strategy – deposit schemes not the solution to litter blight
Commenting on the publication of the Government’s litter strategy, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said:
“I welcome the publication of the Government’s litter strategy, which contains a wealth of proposals to change behaviour when it comes to littering.
“We will certainly want to engage with the new working group that is being established to look at voluntary and regulatory options, but we remain against any mandatory deposit scheme for bottles and cans.
“This would be very costly and would undermine existing schemes.
“Most litter on the streets is not returnable packaging, so a deposit scheme would not target the main cause of litter blight.
“Consumers would inevitably have to foot the bill, particularly those less well-off.
“Supply chains have changed greatly since deposit schemes were common, many years ago, and we have seen a huge increase in kerbside recycling in recent years.
“Making existing services work better is a more efficient solution and there is a wealth of good practice in the new strategy. Businesses need to work closely with local councils and residents on voluntary schemes, something this report rightly highlights. This also has the-potential to create many new jobs.