Deposit return scheme

DEFINITION: A recycling system in which consumers pay a small deposit for plastic and glass bottles, which can be refunded upon return to a shop. Such schemes are underway in Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Norway, where recycling rates of containers are now above 90%.

See also: Recycled content

See also: Producer responsibility

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Canary Wharf Group commits to becoming world's first plastic-free commercial centre

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Volvo hopes the move will encourage other car manufacturers to incorporate recycled materials in their components

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McDonald’s joins the likes of Waitrose, Burger King and Costa in agreeing to phase-out plastic straw use

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Network Rail has written to 150 retail brands that are based in its 20 managed stations to outline collaborative plans to phase-out the single-use plastic items

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Princes is sourcing its post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic from a UK supplier

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Iceland will start putting the label on relevant products within its own-brand ranges from next month

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P&G's vice-president of sustainability Virginie Helias explains how the manufacturer is accelerating the shift towards a circular economy.

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Co-op to trial reverse vending for plastic bottles at UK festivals

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Signatories will aim to make 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled and composted

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The Prime Minister called on other Commonwealth nations to join the fight against plastic pollution, by signing up to a newly-formed Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance

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Pret A Manger has unveiled a new range of reusable bottles to help reduce the amount of plastic used by customers.

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Last year, Unilever committed to making all of its plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025

Unilever to develop closed-loop supply for food packaging plastics

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Adidas sold one million pairs of ocean plastic trainers in 2017

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Chancellor Hammond has set aside £20m for an innovation fund that will help businesses and universities discover new solutions to tackle plastic waste

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Phillip Hammond has launched a public consultation on a tax system for single-use plastics, vowing to tackle the “threat to our oceans" in his inaugural Spring Statement.

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A new analysis of some of the world's most popular bottled water brands says more than 90% contain tiny pieces of plastic.

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Lidl UK has today (9 March) unveiled a package of new commitments to reduce plastic waste, including plans to remove all single-use plastic bags, reduce the quantity of plastic packaging by one-fifth and consider a deposit return scheme for plastic containers.

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The recent focus on plastic pollution has given sustainability professionals an opportunity to "reframe the narrative" on resource efficiency to move business models towards the circular economy, John Lewis's sustainability manager Ben Thomas has claimed.

Aldi has signed up to a new cross-sector initiative from WRAP aimed at transforming the UK's plastics system

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Discount chain Aldi will scrap 5p carrier bags by the end of this year and ensure all packaging on its own-label is reusable, recyclable or compostable before 2022.

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Organisations looking to accelerate the transition to a circular economy now have access to a comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a zero-waste world.

Researchers claim the UK may have failed to meet its EU plastic packaging recycling targets in each year from 2008-12

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The UK is significantly underestimating the amount of plastics packaging waste produced across the country, according to new research.

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Iceland said it would not be afraid to make mistakes when tackling the issue of plastics waste, during a unique panel debate also featuring Co-op, Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Coca-Cola.

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Estimates suggest that around one million plastic bottles are used annually at Glastonbury

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Glastonbury Festival is undergoing an "enormous project" to create a site-wide ban on plastic water bottles when it returns in 2019.

A total of 40 MPs have also pledged to give up plastics for Lent, including minister of state for energy and clean growth Clair Perry

Church of England and ClientEarth give up plastics for Lent

The Church of England has provided worshippers with a calendar of tips to avoid using single-use plastic during Lent, with MPs and environmental law firm ClientEarth also agreeing to the pledge.

The war on plastic waste has this week been taken up by the Royal Family

Could Scotland be on the verge of becoming the first European country to ban plastic straws?

The Scottish Government could introduce a ban on plastic straws as early as next year, it has been reported.

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Some of the onsite outlets at the airport have already removed plastic straws

London City Airport implements plastic straw ban

London City Airport has become the first airport in the UK to place an outright ban on plastic straws across food and drink outlets on its premises, instead obliging outlets to use biodegradable straws available on request.

The UK recycles just 38% of its plastic packaging, while it ships more than 2.7 million tonnes of plastic waste to China every year

Plastics now a 'competitive issue' for business, CIWM chief warns

EXCLUSIVE: Eliminating unnecessary uses of plastic from production and supply chains is quickly becoming a "competitive issue" for businesses, with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's (CIWM) chief executive Dr Colin Church urging companies not to wait for legislation.

Cranshaw, who led the creation and implementation of the Tread Lightly strategy, noted that Eurostar had been examining its own use of plastic since last summer

Eurostar to set science-based target and halve use of plastic

High-speed rail service Eurostar has pledged to halve the amount of plastic it uses over the next two years, with the organisation's energy and environment lead Rebecca Cranshaw revealing that a science-based target to reduce emissions should be in place later this year.

Polymateria specialises in producing time-controlled biodegradation technology for synthetic and bio-based plastics

Ex-BT chief Niall Dunne on a mission to create the 'Tesla of plastics'

BT's former chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne is determined to use his role as the new chief executive of plastic producers Polymateria to "redesign the rules of an entire industry" and create practical solutions that can eliminate plastic pollution.

More than 100 MPs have pledged to reduce their own reliance on single-use plastic and encourage their local constituencies to follow

Michael Gove spearheads MP group pledging to plastics phase-out

More than 100 MPs, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, have pledged to reduce single-use plastic consumption within their local constituencies, after committing to Sky Ocean Rescue's #PassOnPlastic pledge.