Michael Gove, the minister for the Environment has just launched a public consultation on the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme in England.

Support for the bottle deposit return scheme has been overwhelming, with over a quarter of a million people signing a petition created by Surfers Against Sewage calling for the government to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution.

This effort has resulted in the government taking action by producing a public consultation focused on ways to increase the recycling rates of drinks containers and prevent the littering of plastic bottles.

It is of the utmost importance that we all have a say on this issue, and continue to push for change!

TAKE PART IN THE CONSULTATIONOpen until Monday 20th November 2017.

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‘Deposit refund system could save councils £35 million a year’


Surfers Against Sewage have also launched a new report showing that the introduction of a deposit return system on plastic and glass bottles would not only reduce ocean plastic pollution but also save local authorities millions of pounds annually.

‘It’s estimated that 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every day across the UK. Evidence from other countries, including the US, Norway and Germany, shows that the introduction of a simple deposit on plastic bottles and cans can raise collection rates above 90% and reduce littering.’

‘Our report clearly shows that introducing a bottle deposit scheme for England would benefit local economies and communities, saving councils money that could be redirected to other vital frontline services.’


Please share the petition with your friends, family and colleagues and help persuade the government to bring back a bottle deposit scheme!


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Our thoughts…

“As a maritime nation we should be at the forefront of cleaning up our oceans and the introduction of a deposit return scheme would go a long way to achieving this. In countries where it is running, recycling rates have rocketed to 90%.”

– Tom Walsh, CEO, Sustainable Merton

“We live on a planet with finite resources. It is vital we make reusing our limited resources more commonplace. There is a lot more we can reuse than just the plastic bag.”

– Michelle Kolattek, Sustainable Merton

“Mr Gove must show some bottle and put in place a deposit scheme without delay! We’re drowning in plastic, and a deposit scheme is such an obvious way to reduce plastic pollution whilst also saving taxpayers money.”

– Dan Pescod, Community Champion

Posted on: October 13, 2017 | Author: Sustainable Merton
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