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Returnable Containers

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress the Waste Management Advisory Council has made on its deliberation on the public benefits of returnable containers;

and when he proposes to take steps to introduce mandatory deposits on all containers of edible liquids to encourage their return.

The working party which is examining the environmental and economic implications of different container systems expects to report early next year. I hope that this study will provide the basis for a decision on whether restrictions on non-returnable containers are needed.