Legislation to establish Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS) has been brought forward for public comment.
As previously reported by the SLTA, the new regulations will see the creation of a scheme that will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and PET plastic with a 20p deposit.
The Scottish Government says that by increasing both the amount and quality of material being recycled and reducing litter, the system will help to combat climate change and offer benefits to both the industry and the public.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “Our deposit return scheme is the first national scheme of its type in the UK. It is ambitious in scale and scope, and gives the people of Scotland a clear and straightforward way to do their bit for the environment.
“Research has shown that the scheme is anticipated to reduce the £46 million spent each year on litter removal and is expected to reduce emissions equivalent to taking 85,000 cars off our roads, while also enjoying widespread public support across Scotland.
“There is a global climate emergency which demands we show ambition to tackle it and safeguard our planet for future generations.
“This process will enable us to fine-tune our proposals to ensure that they work well for industry, retail and the public, and we will continue to work with the Implementation Advisory Group to that end.”
The Scottish Government’s announcement came just 13 days after British Glass and 16 supporting organisations, including the SLTA, issued an open letter to the Environment Secretary outlining concerns on including glass in the scheme.
SLTA is also a member of the Implementation Advisory Group that is working with the Scottish Government on the creation of the scheme.
Its draft regulations for the scheme will be available for comment by Parliament and the general public until December 10. Take part at: https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-scheme-for-scotland/