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Deposit Return Scheme (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

What progress have you made lobbying Government for London to become a trial city for the Deposit Return Scheme?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Greater London Authority made a submission last December to DEFRA on the full range of integrated consultations emerging from the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy. This included a consultation on a Deposit Return Scheme.

In that submission I welcomed the introduction of a well-designed DRS, fully aligned and synchronised with more consistent recycling services and a greater role for producer responsibility. I also made clear the unique possibilities and role London could play.

I understand that DEFRA staff are still reviewing industry and stakeholder responses and our officials meet regularly to ensure that London’s position and opportunities are fully reflected in future government policy.