10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government will introduce a deposit return scheme in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste and an admission from the environment secretary that DEFRA’s Brexit-related workload is higher than expected.

Plastic bottles. Photograph: monticello / 123RF
Plastic bottles: people in England will soon have to pay a deposit

1. Government promises deposit return scheme to tackle single-use waste
The government has announced its intention to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) to address the problem of single-use drinks containers ending up in landfill or being littered to the environment. Going further than just plastics, the government said today it will introduce a scheme that will apply to single-use drinks containers whether they be made of metal, glass or plastic. MORE.

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