Briefing Paper: British Glass and Valpak DRS Report

New report shows that the planned deposit return scheme will produce millions of tonnes more carbon and collect less glass than an improved kerbside scheme.

A new, independent report from the consulting team at Reconomy Group company, Valpak for British Glass has shown in no uncertain terms why glass packaging must be collected and recycled through an improved, consistent kerbside scheme as proposed within DEFRA’s recent extended producer responsibility (EPR) and consistency of collection consultations, and not through a deposit return scheme (DRS).

The report found that an improved, consistent kerbside scheme is better for the environment than a deposit return scheme, delivering at least 11% more carbon savings (over 2 million tonnes of CO₂ by 2035) as well as achieving a higher glass collection rate of close to 90%.