Calls for clarity on Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS)

Industry leaders in Scotland are calling for greater clarity on the implementation of the country’s deposit return scheme (DRS), which is due to come into effect in July 2023.

Under the new scheme, customers in Scotland will be charged a deposit on certain types of drinks packaging, which they can then reclaim when they return the packaging for recycling.

While the scheme is seen as an important step in reducing waste and improving recycling rates, industry leaders are calling on the Scottish government to provide greater clarity on how the scheme will work in practice.

Some businesses are concerned about the potential cost and logistical challenges of implementing the scheme, and are calling for more guidance on issues such as how the deposit system will be operated, how refunds will be processed, and how the scheme will be enforced.

In addition, there are concerns that the scheme could lead to increased costs for businesses and consumers, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, which has already put significant financial pressure on the hospitality industry.

However, many in the industry also see the potential benefits of the scheme, and are calling for more support and guidance to help businesses prepare for its implementation.

Industry leaders are calling on the Scottish government to work closely with businesses to ensure that the scheme is implemented in a way that is practical and effective, and that takes into account the challenges facing the industry.

With just a few months to go until the scheme is due to come into effect, there is a growing sense of urgency among businesses and industry groups to get clarity on how the scheme will work in practice, and to ensure that they are prepared to comply with the new regulations.

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