June 20, 2022 Industry news
Centred around the UK’s impending Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) system the event brought together local authorities from across the UK, producers, brand owners, waste management organisations and the government department for environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA).
Speakers from across the industry spoke on the impact that DRS will have on businesses as it will be the largest compliance scheme across the UK; and the biggest set of changes UK business has ever faced.
Dozie Chukudebelu, deputy director for programme delivery at Defra addressed the need to have a plastic bottle first approach with a visible on street presence. He also spoke about their recognition of the need for the industry to have much in common across the four nations and their work to find consistency where they can.
Recommendations made for businesses to prepare for DRS included identifying what is household waste vs business waste and to be aware that SMEs will be expected to report in the same way as larger businesses.
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