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Beverage Containers: Deposit Return Schemes

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 194133, tabled on 21 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government has assessed the potential merits of exempting small retailers from the deposit return scheme.

Answered on

29 November 2018

The Government will shortly launch its consultation on the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) in England. An impact assessment will be published alongside the consultation, which assesses the social and economic costs and benefits of introducing a DRS, including the impact that a DRS will have on small retailers.

Consideration for small retailers will be included in our consultation. We will also take into account the wider effects of a DRS on the retail sector when we consult.