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Environment secretaries discuss deposit return schemes

Environment secretary Liz Truss has met her Scottish counterpart to discuss issues including a potential UK wide deposit return scheme.

Shortly after the meeting in London, Richard Lochhead tweeted that he had sent Truss a copy of the Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) report detailing the scheme.

The report looks at introducing a deposit of between 10p and 20p on the price of all drinks and containers that would be refunded to consumers when returned to a collection point.

He said the pair also discussed full devolution of food levies to Scotland, in particular the red meat levy currently under negotiation.

They also talked about representation in Europe regarding CAP simplification and fish quotas.

After the meeting Lochhead said: “What’s clear is that the proposals from the UK Government fall far short of what is required to promote the Scottish brand, to create jobs and boost our economy and I have made this point to Liz Truss.”

“We should have the ability to determine how levies should operate in respect of Scottish farming, fishing and related business.”


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