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Scotland delays the introduction of DRS

Apr 6, 2020

Following on from its announcement that the Scottish DRS (Deposit Return Scheme) will be implemented in April 2021, the COVID 19 outbreak seems to have put brakes on it.

In 2019 Scotland set out its proposals to the DRS. A Scheme that would include an ‘all-in’ model covering PET plastic drinks bottles, aluminium and steel cans and glass bottles – with a deposit level set at 20p. However on March 16th 2020 Scotland’s environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham announced that the initiative will now be put on hold, with a ‘go-live’ date of 1 July 2022.

Ms Cunningham said this would “give retailers and producers time to prepare for a successful scheme from day one”, while also allowing flexibility in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Having listened to the views of stakeholders, I have agreed to extend the ‘go-live’ date from April 2021 to July 2022,” she said.

Ms Cunnigham added: “This will give businesses more time to prepare their premises for the scheme and crucially, provides flexibility in the immediate term as the whole country prepares to deal with Covid-19 – the impact of which continues to be closely monitored.”

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