Deposit Return Scheme - Call for evidence

At its meeting on 3 September 2019, the Committee agreed its approach to consideration of the proposed draft regulations. At its meeting on 17 September, it agreed to issue a call for evidence and to invite key stakeholders to submit their views.

Key questions

The call for evidence invites views on— 

The key questions that the Committee has, and would welcome comment on, are—  

  1. Scope (materials) – the types of container proposed to be covered and excluded and any specific issues.
  2. Scope (retailers) – implications of the scheme applying to all retailers selling single-use drinks containers, including online retailers, and exclusion of businesses such as pubs and restaurant that sell drinks for on-site consumption.
  3. Costs and operational impacts – costs anticipated for your business, service or sector and the appropriateness of the proposed financing model (that the scheme will be funded via unredeemed deposits, revenue from the sale of materials and a producer fee).
  4. Environmental impacts – whether the proposed scheme will have the desired impact on increasing recycling rates and reducing littering, and how that impact can be maximised. What key environmental risks need to be considered and mitigated? Will the scheme incentivise producers to change or modify materials/packaging?
  5. Level of deposit – implications and appropriateness of a charge being a uniform 20p.
  6. Consumer and social impacts or risks – accessibility to consumers and what impacts are anticipated on different groups, including those with disabilities, those without private transport, and those living in rural areas.
  7. Local authorities – implications of the proposed scheme for local authorities, including impacts on kerbside collections.
  8. Timing - implications of the proposed timeframe (a minimum 12-month implementation period from the passing of legislation).
  9. Governance – how the scheme should be administered, and appropriateness of the proposal for scheme administrator that is industry-led, privately owned and operated on a not-for-profit basis.
  10. Broader waste policy context – will the scheme achieve its intended purpose in isolation, or does its success depend on the performance of broader measures? How should the scheme cooperate with any other proposed schemes in the UK?
  11. Any further issues or views not falling under the above areas.


How to submit your views 

The call for written views will close on Tuesday 15 October, 2019.  

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format only (see below), to [email protected]. Ideally, they should be no more than two sides of A4.  

Submissions that are identical or very similar as part of an organised campaign will be treated as one submission for publication and supporting individuals and organisations will be listed alongside the submission.  

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data. Privacy notice.

Please use the template provided below to format your submission. This includes Data Protection information. Fill this out and return it with your submission. If you are under twelve years of age we will need the consent of your parent or guardian.  

Written evidence template- 

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.  

If you cannot submit electronically you may send in a hard copy written submission. If you are sending in a hard copy submission please print off and include a copy of the Data Protection Form.  Please send them to:

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP 


Sarah Robertson
Senior Assistant Clerk
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

[email protected] 
0131 348 5221

Twitter @SP_ECCLR

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