The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) says a manual deposit return scheme “won’t work” in convenience stores, following the Government’s publication of a raft of waste consultations.

The ACS is calling on Government to ensure that a manually administered deposit return scheme (DRS) does not form part of its plan to encourage people to recycle more.

The impact assessment published alongside the consultation suggests that small convenience stores would be required to take back containers manually because “reverse vending machines will not be an economic solution” for them. ACS has previously argued that manual returns would cause a number of issues for retailers and would not be a “practical solution”.

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Manual Deposit Returns “Won’t Work” in Convenience Stores

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