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The findings of the research are covered in a press release on the CPRE website.

The research found that, if the UK had a nationwide deposit return scheme, one in five adults say that they would donate their deposit to a local charity ‘all of the time’ (20%). Around three-quarters of adults would donate their deposit to charity at least some of the time (74%). CPRE calculated that this could result in £1 billion per year being donated to local charities.

The story was covered in The Times, The Independent, and The Daily Mail among others.

The question was prefaced with the following introduction:

A deposit return scheme could be one way of reducing the number of bottles, cans, and cartons left as litter and increasing recycling of glass, plastic, aluminium and paperboard. When you buy a drink in a bottle, can, or carton, you would pay a separate deposit on the container at the same time. The deposit amount would likely range from 10p to 20p. When you return the container, you would get your deposit back. You would not need to return your container to the place where you bought it. It would be possible to return your container at a variety of locations, such as local convenience stores, supermarkets, and service stations.

The poll also covered questions on the types of litter people most frequently notice in their local area and on how the deposit return scheme can be made accessible to all. The results to these questions were drawn upon in CPRE’s response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) consultation on ‘Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland’.

ICM interviewed a sample of 2,112 UK adults aged 18+ online using its omnibus service between 27 and 29 March 2019. The results have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults aged 18+.

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