Scottish deposit return regulations become law

The Scottish Parliament voted to approve regulations that will establish a deposit return scheme (DRS) for beverage containers in Scotland.

The legislation will see a redeemable 20-pence deposit placed on on all drinks containers above 50 millilitres and up to three litres in size made from aluminium and steel, glass or PET plastic in an effort encourage consumers to recycle.

Despite the passage of the regulations into law, the start date for the implementation of the DRS has been pushed back from April 2021 until July 2022 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.