Environmental responsibility

The BBPA and its members are serious about addressing any issues that have an adverse effect on our environment. We work on a range of areas to improve efficiencies and to help ensure a sustainable future for all.

  • BBPA responds to Michael Gove’s comments on an ‘all-in’ Deposit Return Scheme

    16 July 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today responded to comments made by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, calling for an ‘all-in’ Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). Michael Gove has pushed the case for an ‘all-in’ DRS, which would be likely to include glass. The BBPA welcomes his comments that more discussion is needed with businesses, but is very concerned that including glass would be too complex and expensive for pubs and brewers alike. The BBPA has also said a UK-aligned DRS scheme would be the optimal solution, which would avoid two different DRS systems running in parallel between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The BBPA believes a UK-aligned DRS scheme for single use materials remains the optimal solution. “We have major concerns over the inclusion of glass in a DRS scheme, which would substantially increase costs that may have to be passed on to consumers. It would also make the system infinitely more complex. “We remain committed to working with the Government on a Deposit Return Scheme that works for the brewing and pub sectors across the UK. To achieve this, it is essential we are involved in plans to implement the system and more discussions between DEFRA and our sector are needed.”

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  • 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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