Packaging waste

The brewing and pub industry is fully committed to packaging optimisation and reducing waste. The BBPA operates a ground-breaking not-for-profit packaging waste compliance scheme, Sustain, for members and other drinks companies. We also work with a range of stakeholders to support effective practices in reducing packaging waste and increasing recycling.

More recently, the BBPA and SBPA have been working on understanding the effects which deposit return schemes will have on the on-trade. The BBPA consultation response is available to members on request. The SBPA will continue to work closely to monitor deposit return schemes which are to be implemented in Scotland.

  • 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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  • Pragmatic approach needed to cut waste and plastic, says BBPA

    18 February 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today welcomed the launch of various consultations by the Government to cut waste and plastic, but has urged that a pragmatic approach is needed to ensure that objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective manner that work across the UK.  Responding to the launch of the consultations, including a consultation on a proposed Deposit Return Scheme, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Brewers and publicans fully support efforts to cut waste and plastic and so we welcome these consultations. However, a pragmatic approach is needed to ensure waste is reduced in a cost-effective manner that works across the UK.  “We support a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles, but we also believe that enhancements to the current recycling schemes which collect cans and glass from residential and business properties can ensure we continue to achieve the high targets set by government.  “There is currently a separate consultation on a DRS in Scotland, but the BBPA believes that a UK-wide system is crucial to making a DRS a success. This would avoid unnecessary costs and significant fraud risk in what is an integrated UK supply-chain and market for drinks containers. Evidence from other countries also shows that an industry-run, not-for-profit, scheme would likely deliver the most cost-effective results.  “The proposed changes to Producer Responsibility Obligations will, according to the consultation, lead to a tenfold increase in the cost of PRNs (Packaging Waste Recovery Notes). This is significant for our industry as the beer and pub sector are major contributors to the current regime and will now bear the full cost of collection, recycling or disposing of waste. It is therefore important that any changes brought about by these consultations fully take into account the impact on businesses of all sizes, many of whom in our sector are already operating under significant regulatory burdens. We’ll be making this clear in our responses to these consultations.”

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