SAS are disappointed to hear that this week's response by the Government to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will cause further delays to the implementation of a UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).
The EAC recommended that the Government introduce a DRS for plastic drinks bottles. On Monday the Government indicated that a decision could be delayed until after the consultation on a tax on single-use plastics.
At SAS we are concerned that this could be the start of further backsliding by the Government. There is strong evidence that DRS schemes work well in other countries, with return rates of well over 90% in some cases.
We want to see the Government follow Scotland's lead and introduce a comprehensive DRS system for England. The time for action is now and we urge the government not to kick the proverbial plastic bottle into the long grass, but implement new policies and legislation that the country is crying out for to finally go plastic free.