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26th April 2024

BBPA Responds To DRS Update

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“The beer and pub sector has ambitious Net Zero targets and our members are committed to a circular economy in relation to packaging and working collaboratively to achieve this in a sustainable manner. Therefore, we welcome the clarity provided today, the steps to closer align national schemes and the recognition that October 2025 is now an unrealistic target for DRS implementation across the UK.

However, continued differences across the UK remains a huge challenge for industry, particularly in terms of glass inclusion, adding in significant additional costs and complexity which inevitably will impact consumers in terms of costs and choice. Fully aligned schemes across the UK are vital as is the need for the UK Government and devolved nations to clearly set out the cumulative costs of all the upcoming packaging reforms, and how these will deliver against environmental objectives in the most cost-effective and proportionate manner. The cost of doing business for brewers and pubs remain acute and these added regulatory costs must be carefully considered.”


For more information or to arrange an interview contact / 020 7627 9199

About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents UK companies which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own over 20,000 pubs.

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.

  • The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs
  • The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year


For more information or to arrange an interview contact / 020 7627 9199

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