A comprehensive deposit return scheme in England could prevent 6,600 tonnes of plastic waste entering rivers and the sea by 2030, according to an analysis of the government’s proposed waste strategy.

Of the different measures being considered by the government to tackle plastic pollution, the assessment by the charity Common Seas reveals that a DRS on all drinks containers, not just small bottles, would have the most dramatic impact.

The report, which has been shared with Defra, identifies and maps plastic waste flows and leakage, assesses the effectiveness of policy interventions and allows governments to see which methods work best to reduce plastic pollution.

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