New poll reveals strong UK public support for deposit return scheme rollout

New poll reveals strong UK public support for deposit return scheme rollout

Sustainability

New polling conducted by TOMRA and The Diffley Partnership, in collaboration with Survation, indicates robust public backing for the rollout of deposit return schemes (DRSs) throughout the UK.

Scheduled for implementation in October 2027, the UK Government, along with the devolved governments, is committed to establishing a return to retail DRS across the nation, aligning the scheme nationwide.

According to the UK's Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, an estimated 31 billion single-use drinks containers are purchased annually across the UK, including 12 billion plastic bottles, 14 billion cans, and five billion glass bottles. Presently, collection rates range between 70% to 75%, with a significant portion of these containers ending up as litter or in landfills.

The polling reveals substantial support for DRS introduction, with 75% of respondents expressing approval. Key findings include:

  • Nine out of 10 individuals would utilise a DRS for returning empty beverage containers.
  • 60% believe a unified DRS operating nationwide would be the most effective approach.
  • A significant majority (85%) perceive litter as a concern in their area.
  • 81% have already made lifestyle adjustments to combat climate change, with two-thirds (66%) expressing apprehension about its impact.
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John Lee, Vice President Public Affairs UK and Ireland, TOMRA, said: Public opinion and environmental concerns strongly support the deposit return scheme, signaling a widespread demand for action. As we face issues like litter, climate change, and sustainability, it's obvious that we need significant changes now. By working together, we can transform numbers into real solutions and create enduring change.

The comprehensive survey, conducted from March 26th to April 2nd, 2024, involved interviews with a representative sample of 2,042 respondents aged 18 and above. For the full polling results, click here.

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