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CPRE delighted two major retailers will back a Deposit Return System

Iceland and the Co-op have become the first supermarkets to publicly back a UK-wide deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers as a way to tackle plastic pollution in the countryside and oceans.

The announcement follows a survey of major UK supermarkets and their views on the introduction of a DRS in the UK, and a national campaign for a DRS by many environmental groups, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Reacting to the announcement, Samantha Harding, CPRE’s litter programme director, says:

‘Iceland and the Co-op should be commended for their commercial and environmental leadership in supporting a UK deposit return system. Their commitment shows that retailers of any size can play their part in ridding our countryside and oceans of unnecessary waste.’

CPRE has long called for a deposit return system for drinks containers including plastic bottles and cans. Deposit return has been shown to boost recycling rates significantly in countries such as Norway, Canada and Australia.

CPRE’s research has shown that DRS is a simple system for consumers to use, with many benefits including savings for local councils of £35 million a year

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