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Michael Gove backs an ‘all in’ deposit return system

16 July 2019

CPRE welcomes comments made today (16 July) by the environment secretary, Michael Gove, in which he backed an 'all-in' deposit return system for drinks containers of all sizes and materials.

The comments were made during a speech at Kew Gardens, at which the Secretary of State also unveil the government’s ambitions for a world-leading Environment Act and called for urgent action to tackle climate change and reverse nature’s decline.

Maddy Haughton-Boakes, litter campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

'We welcome Michael Gove's support for an "all-in" deposit return system that would halt the environmental damage caused by the tens of billions of plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans consumed every year in the UK. This is the strongest signal yet of the government's intention to transform the way that we deal with the waste created by drinks containers, preventing them from choking our countryside, streets, rivers and oceans. These comments are another step forward from the government's work to meet the ambitious targets laid out in its Resources and Waste Strategy.

'As well as boosting recycling rates to more than 90%, a deposit return system will ensure that the polluter pays. This means that those who produce the packaging, or those who fail to recycle the packaging, rightly foot the bill for clearing it up. This will relieve cash-strapped local councils and us as taxpayers from this huge financial burden. We look forward to seeing these warm words turned into a formal commitment from the government.'

 

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