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25th March 2021

SIBA respond to launch of consultation on Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

“Small breweries are very conscious of their environmental impact but want to see a Deposit Return Scheme that works for the whole of the UK, and the financial burdens of the scheme kept to a minimum for struggling businesses.

“The Government has clearly acknowledged the significant burdens the proposed scheme will place on small businesses and we are concerned about the combined impact of administration costs, producer fees and labelling requirements will have on small breweries and the choice and availability of independent craft beer. The industry has been hit hard by Covid and it will take many years to recover.

“A separate scheme in Scotland also creates additional costs and confusion for consumers and businesses and all the devolved Governments should be working together to achieve a joined up DRS.”

Barry Watts, SIBA Head of Public Affairs


For details of the consultation, launched today, visit: 

Press release from SIBA

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