Deposit Return Scheme will now be delayed
The First Minister has announced that the launch date of the Deposit Return Scheme will now be delayed until 1st March 2024
Craft drinks producers and pubs that provide off-sales are among those that will benefit from changes to Scotland’s deposit return scheme.
Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater has announced a range of measures to make it easier for drinks producers and retailers to prepare for the scheme, while making sure environmental benefits are still delivered, and repeated the call on the UK Government to issue an exclusion for the scheme from the Internal Market Act.
The changes announced are:
- drinks containers of under 100ml will be excluded, removing miniatures and other smaller containers from the scheme
- products that sell fewer than 5,000 units per year will be excluded, which will particularly benefit craft producers
- all hospitality premises that sell the large majority of their drinks products for consumption on the premises will be exempt from acting as a return point
- the online application process for retailers to apply for an exemption from providing a return point has been simplified
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