The BBPA and member companies are committed to promoting a responsible drinking culture in the UK. Through a number of initiatives, such as Challenge 21, alcohol unit awareness campaigns, and working with partnerships including Pubwatch and Best Bar None, the industry has gone to great lengths to promote responsibility. All licensed premises can play a part to promote responsibility in our sector. Guidance for licensees on running responsible premises can be found below, including guidance on noise control, gambling, selling alcohol responsibly and drug use in pubs.

  • BBPA welcomes ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds

    22 May 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed a ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds, which will come into force in April 2020. The ban will build on voluntary initiatives already made by the pub sector – such as the Last Straw campaign, in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeeping – to remove plastic straws and stirrers. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “It’s important we all do our bit to reduce plastic waste and that is why we welcome the Government’s ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds. “It is important that the ban recognises the needs of customers with a disability who require plastic straws, so pubs will still be able to provide them on request. We will work with the Government to ensure that the right guidance is put in place for this. “The ban will build on the great work already done by pubs to reduce their waste plastic. Publicans looking for advice on alternatives to plastic straws specifically, can also read our guidance.”

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  • BBPA calls for a UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme that excludes glass

    14 May 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the Government and devolved administrations to work towards a fair, industry-led and effective UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) that excludes glass - a view widely shared across the drinks industry. The BBPA has also argued that busy pubs operating in a ‘closed loop’ environment where drinks are consumed on the premises should not be burdened with having to charge and refund deposits to customers. This is because many are small premises and must be exempt from being return points. This would be in line with proposals for Scotland.  For a DRS to be successful, the BBPA believes that it must align with other Government ambitions to tackle packaging waste, including proposals to improve the consistency of kerbside recycling and reforms of the existing Producer Packaging Responsibility Regulations. The BBPA has outlined these concerns separately in response to DEFRA consultations on Producer Responsibility and consistency of kerbside recycling. The BBPA remains firmly of the view that there should be one UK wide DRS system. Whilst the BBPA are committed to working with the Scottish Government on their proposals, the requirement for separate stock keeping units (SKUs) under a DRS operating only in Scotland and the proposed inclusion of glass will add significant costs, complexity and challenges for consumers and businesses alike in both Scotland and the rest of the UK. The BBPA is therefore calling for more analysis to understand the risks and benefits of having two separate schemes. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “The BBPA believes a UK-aligned DRS scheme for single use materials used for on-the-go packaging remains the optimal solution. We certainly do not believe that the additional costs and challenges with including glass can be justified.  “We have however, welcomed the decision in Scotland that pubs will be able to choose whether to charge a deposit, or whether to work within a ‘closed loop system’ with producers. The BBPA is committed to working with Government on a system which works for the brewing and pub sector, but it is essential that we are engaged and involved in detailed plans to make a system work before decisions are finalised.”

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