Why the UK’s deposit return schemes could be vulnerable to fraud

England and Scotland are pressing ahead with separate versions of deposit return schemes for plastic bottles, but divergence could lead to fraud and confusion, finds Conor McGlone

Plastic bottles
England, Wales and Northern Ireland is pushing ahead with a separate deposit return scheme to Scotland's, which is further along in the planning process

It looks as though England, Wales and Northern Ireland will finally get a deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles nearly 40 years since the idea was first proposed in the defeated 1981 Beverage Container Bill.

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