CPRE survey shows 72% public support for deposit return scheme in UK

29 July 2019 (Last Updated July 29th, 2019 16:50)

A new survey has shown that around 72% of people would support the introduction of a deposit return system in the UK.

CPRE survey shows 72% public support for deposit return scheme in UK
CPRE survey revealed that 72% of British customers support the government’s deposit return system. Credit: © Campaign to Protect Rural England.

A new survey has shown that around 72% of people would support the introduction of a deposit return system in the UK.

The survey results were revealed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which was carried out by YouGov.

The UK deposit return system covers all drinks containers of all materials and sizes including plastic and glass drinks bottles and aluminium cans.

The study also revealed that 33% of the participants believe that the UK-wide system should be as broad as the one committed by the Scottish Government.

Around 39% of people believe that the system should include more materials such as drinks cartons and pouches.

The online survey was conducted from 9 to 11 June this year with a sample of 3,386 adults in the UK.

CPRE has welcomed the announcement made by former environment secretary Michael Gove and noted that this scheme will receive support from the public once introduced.

CPRE litter campaigner Maddy Haughton-Boakes said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that so many people have shown such high levels of support for the scheme before it’s even been introduced.

“A deposit return system will transform the way we deal with waste, boost recycling and, as a result, finally put a stop to the harm that drinks containers are causing our countryside, environment and wildlife.

“With Michael Gove having thrown his weight behind a truly ‘all-in’ deposit return system, and with the Scottish government’s decision to introduce one earlier this year, this latest wave of public support is surely all the evidence needed for the government to get this over the line.”

It also expects that the new environment secretary Theresa Villiers will continue the commitment to introduce a deposit return system to reduce environmental damage caused by drinks containers.

Haughton-Boakes added: “We urge the Theresa Villiers to hit the ground running in her new role as Environment Secretary.

“She must make a swift and formal commitment to introduce the most effective system in the world, one that includes every single drinks bottle, can, carton or pouch of every size and material, and not give in to attempts to water down the system for vested corporate interests.”