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September saw a huge step forward towards creating Scotland’s deposit return scheme as regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 10 September 2019. They will sit for a 90-day period for comment, in accordance with the enabling powers in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

On 17 September 2019 the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform issued a call for evidence and invited key stakeholders to submit their views.

The 20p incentive will not only boost recycling and cut Scotland’s CO2e emissions, it will give drinks producers the opportunity to lead this exciting step towards a circular economy.

Many countries already make a success of their deposit return schemes, achieving capture rates of 90% and above for drinks containers and we want to see this replicated in Scotland. Getting there will require working with communities and stakeholders across Scotland to ensure that a deposit return scheme works for the whole of Scotland. Our team is embarking on a tour of Scottish Islands this month, of which more below.

You can find the full regulations, together with the link to a consultation on the regulations which closes on 10 December, on the Scottish Government website. Please get in touch with any questions you may have.

Introducing a Deposit Return scheme that works for the Islands

Zero Waste Scotland’s deposit return team will be travelling around the country over the next three weeks to deliver Islands Impact workshops and events with residents and businesses in Scotland’s island communities. The events will give stakeholders the chance to learn more about the recycling scheme for drinks cans and bottles and to contribute their views on how the scheme can work on Scotland’s islands.

The Islands Act 2018 places a duty on Scottish Ministers to have regard to island communities in exercising their functions. Several meetings have taken place with local authorities and community organisations since the scheme design was finalised.

The Islands Communities Screening Assessment has been published and is available to read here

Events will take place in seven locations from Arran to Orkney. Find out more here.

Microbrewery briefing

Deposit return is an example of Extended Producer Responsibility, whereby producers are responsible for the packaging (in this case the drinks cans and bottles) that their products are sold in. Zero Waste Scotland understands the importance of introducing a scheme with features that mitigate the potential impact on small producers in Scotland.
Following an event for small producers organised by Zero Waste Scotland on 25 September, more information designed specifically for small producers has been produced. The new briefing can be found here.

Scotland’s First Minister joins Zero Waste Scotland to say "Cheerio" to Oor Wullie

We are proud to have been the main sponsor for the Oor Wullie BIG Farewell Weekend in Glasgow. Zero Waste Scotland CEO, Iain Gulland, opened the event with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. ‘Bring Back Your Empties, Wullie’, which was sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland, spent the summer outside the city’s Central Station, helping to raise awareness of Scotland’s forthcoming deposit return scheme.

The farewell event raised a remarkable £1.29 million for Edinburgh and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and The Archie Foundation. Read more here.