UKHospitality has claimed the government’s proposed Deposit Return Scheme (DPS) would lead to increased business costs and bureaucracy and has said it must be made workable for hospitality operators.

Responding to the consultation on the scheme, the trade body said that in addition to safety and space concerns, the introduction of the suggested scheme would impose disproportionate burdens on many businesses.

It recommends that the DPS targets those parts of the economy where recycling levels are low and that result in littering.

UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said: “We support the principle and aims of a DRS system and believe that it could be an effective vehicle to improve recycling rates across the UK. However, such a scheme must not overly burden hospitality businesses, which are in a fragile state following more than a year of punitive restrictions to trading.

“We welcome the proposals that would exempt certain parts of hospitality from acting as a return point but have some concern as to how this may impact businesses like cafés and QSR restaurants that operate some takeaway services.”

Nicholls said that hospitality businesses overall have “an admirable record” when it comes to recycling.

Its response also highlighted that many hospitality businesses do not have adequate space to act as return points and that including glass in the scheme would cause the sector a number of issues, not least around safety of its staff and consumers.

“The scheme should be as simple as current recycling and waste management schemes, and the various proposed schemes across the UK must be as closely linked as is possible in order to make it easier for businesses and consumers, and to limit the potential for fraud,” added Nicholls.