A study of packaging in Scotland has indicated that a standalone producer responsibility scheme north of the border is feasible.
The conclusion comes in the latest of a series of reports commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland to analyse options to improve recycling and tackle litter.
Scottish Packaging Recovery Note (SPRN) Feasibility Study follows a report on a deposit-return scheme earlier in the month.
The SPRN study finds that a Scottish-specific system of producer responsibility around packaging, replacing the current UK-wide system, could be feasible and identifies the issues to investigate further.
It found that around 446,000 tonnes of consumer and 500,000 tonnes of non-consumer packaging flow onto the Scottish market each year.
The report explored the range of materials that could be included, the interaction with litter and the regulatory requirements of such a system.
Iain Gulland, ZWS chief executive, said the findings provided food for thought.
“A Scottish PRN system could have benefits around increasing recycling, accountability for producers, environmental performance and cost benefits over the longer term, especially for local authorities.
“However, there are a number of factors that would have to be considered for the introduction of this system, which would also have to work in tandem with other policies.”