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The Future of Recycling: Is there a role for a Deposit Return Scheme?

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The Midland Hotel

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Manchester

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Conservatives Party Conference 2017


Investment by British soft drinks companies means that today we are using more recycled plastic to create new bottles than ever before. But insufficient and poor quality recycled polyethylene terephthalate, the main plastic needed to make soft drinks bottles, is hampering manufacturers’ ability to go further. Plastic bottles are one of the most widely recycled products, but rates in the UK have stalled. Deposit Return Schemes, in which the consumer pays an additional deposit with their drink that they get back when they return the bottle, have had a positive effect in some countries. But would such a system undermine the established local authority collections and kerbside recycling measures that have raised plastic bottle recycling to nearly 60%?


Join Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, to discuss what affect a Deposit Return Scheme would have on consumers, businesses and councils, and ask if costs and inconveniences will be passed on to householders, manufacturers and retailers?


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Stephen Bush - New Statesman Special Correspondent


Speakers:

Neil Parish MP - Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

James Lowman - CEO, Association of Convenience Stores

Erica Popplewell - Head of Governmental Rural Affairs, Campaign to Protect Rural England

Gavin Partington - Chief Executive, British Soft Drinks Association

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