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Andrew Mitchell MP meets with local Friends of the Earth to welcome Government proposals for bottle deposit return scheme

Andrew Mitchell MP has welcomed the Government’s proposals for a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers (whether plastic, glass or metal), which will be put out for consultation later this year in a meeting in the Royal Town with Friends of the Earth.

These schemes see consumers pay an up-front deposit that is redeemed on return of the empty drink container. Possible variants include cash rewards for returning drinks containers without an upfront deposit.

Meeting with the local branch of Friends of the Earth, Andrew Mitchell has signed their petition in support of a national Deposit Return Scheme. Andrew explained that the consultation would look at the details of how such a scheme would work, alongside other measures to incentivise producers to take greater responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and to increase the amount of packaging they recycle.

Following the meeting, Andrew Mitchell said:
“We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment, killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats. It is absolutely vital we act now to tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that go unrecycled.

“I am proud that the Government has already taken action to reduce plastic waste. The 5p carrier bag charge has led to 9 billion fewer carrier bags in circulation, a drop of 83 per cent, and the planned ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetic products has been welcomed as one of the world's toughest. It is now time to take action on plastic bottles to help clean up our oceans and I would urge all of my constituents to respond to the Government consultation which will be launched later this year.”

Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP alongside Jodie Etheridge & John Newson, campaigners of Birmingham Friends of the Earth

Andrew Mitchell MP alongside Jodie Etheridge & John Newson, campaigners of Birmingham Friends of the Earth

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