The NFRN has welcomed the new Resources and Waste Strategy which introduces a deposit return scheme (DRS) in England – subject to consultation – to increase the recycling of single-use drinks containers at the point of sale but says it wants to work with the government to ensure that it will allow all members to participate as a one size fits all system is not the answer.

Responding, National President Mike Mitchelson said: “The NFRN welcomes this announcement, as we have long called for the introduction of a DRS as this will allow independent retailers to play a greater role in protecting the environment and improve the well-being in their local communities. We would like – and are willing – to work closely with the government to design a scheme that enables independent retailers to participate fully, regardless of the size of their shop, which does not incur any additional costs to them or extra red tape. What is clear is that any scheme cannot be a “one size fits all” as this is not acceptable given the different sizes of our members’ shops.”

Since 2017, the NFRN has been working with the Scottish government to develop a DRS scheme in Scotland and urges Westminster and the devolved administrations to pool their expertise and introduce consistent policies across the UK.

Related content