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Advisers named for deposit return scheme design

The Scottish Government has formed a deposit return scheme (DRS) Implementation Advisory Group to advise it on how to make the programme work.

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am proud of the fact that Scotland was the first part of the UK to commit to a DRS as part of our wider efforts to prevent discarded drinks containers from ending up in our streets and seas.”

The group will advise on practical issues including system administration, procurement, fraud prevention and social benefits.

It will also look at the scheme’s relationships with consumers and industries such as production, retail and hospitality.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “Scotland’s DRS is a chance to dramatically increase the recycling rate for the two billion drinks containers in circulation in the country.

“Such schemes have already proven very successful abroad, and some of the organisations represented on this group have experience of operating in those markets.”

Group members are: British Soft Drinks Association, Federation of Small Businesses, Natural Hydration Council, Scotch Whisky Association, Scottish Beer and Pub Association, Scottish Grocers Federation, Federation of Independent Retailers, Scottish Wholesale Association, Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Scottish Retail Consortium, UK Hospitality.


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