The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020: accompanying statement and proposed regulations

Closed 10 Dec 2019

Opened 10 Sep 2019


The Scottish Government recognises that fresh interventions are needed to bring about the systemic and behavioural change necessary to fulfil the aspiration of creating a more circular economy.

Scottish Ministers have announced legislation to establish a Deposit Return Scheme which would enable consumers to take single-use containers back and redeem a 20p deposit from any retailer selling drinks covered by the scheme, including plastic bottles made from PET plastic, aluminium and steel cans and glass bottles.

Why your views matter

The regulations for Deposit Return Scheme are subject to the super-affirmative procedure, and will be laid in Parliament for a 91-day consultation period. This will allow industry experts, interested stakeholders and MSPs the opportunity to comment on the details of the regulations and allow us to refine the legal approach further– this follows on from a consultation in 2018 on the overarching principles.

Read the consultation paper and regulations 


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