Deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers

The UK uses an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year. More than 3 billion of these are incinerated, sent to landfill or left to pollute our streets, countryside and marine life.

We urgently need to increase recycling rates and slash the amount of waste polluting our environment.

Mark Prisk has welcomed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)’s announcement of a deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers, subject to consultation, later this year.

In the meantime we can reduce our plastic footprint with reusable coffee and water containers (pictured!), and by recycling wherever possible.