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The New Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Who's included, what's covered, how will it work?

Thu 31st Oct 2019

, Pinsent Masons

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OVERVIEW View Conference Agenda

This conference will discuss the Scottish Government's recently announced proposals for a deposit return scheme which will cover metal cans, PET plastic and glass; it is intended to charge a 20p per container returnable deposit.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in the Scottish Government, has acknowledged the ambition of both the scope of the proposals and the timetable for putting them in place, but has also welcomed further dialogue on the operation and detail of the deposit return scheme.

"I acknowledge that our plans are ambitious. I make no apology for that, but I do not underestimate the scale of the task. I look forward to working with partners to plan next steps. My overall aim is to deliver the scheme in the current parliamentary session." Deposit Return Scheme Statement to the Scottish Parliament, 8th May 2019.

Following a consultation process which ended in September 2018, the Scottish Government has moved swiftly to take forward subsequent work required to advance the business case and specific proposals on a deposit return scheme.

The framework and detail of the scheme remain open to discussion, with a 'super-affirmative' parliamentary process required to be completed in order to put in place the regulations that will set out the structure, governance and operation of the final scheme.

The Scottish Government's 'Full Business Case - Stage 1' states that "The case for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme is being presented in two stages. Stage 1 provides the overarching framework for the preferred scheme design and commercial approach. Stage 2 will offer a greater level of technical and commercial detail. This FBC Stage 1 identifies a preferred scheme design."

This conference provides the opportunity to understand what is proposed, how the scheme is intended to work, who will be affected and what amendements to the proposed scheme may be possible.

Benefits of Attending

By attending this conference you will

  • Understand the shape of the scheme that the Scottish Government is proposing
  • Learn how the scheme will be operated and managed
  • Discuss what exemptions may be allowed for retailers
  • Hear the business and organisational consequences for retailers and manufacturers of containers covered by the scheme
  • Discover how the scheme will be funded, the effects on the current market and the possible impact of the developing EU and UK regulations for the Scottish scheme
  • Examine the infrastructure options required for the scheme covering container recovery location, collation and valuation
  • Find out what is needed to promote engagement and prevent fraud under the scheme

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the supply, sale, use, recycling and disposal of single use drinks containers in Scotland.

This includes large and small retailers, manufacturers, waste handlers, consumer and trade bodies, recycling organisations, local authority cleansing, licensing, planning, environmental and trading standards representatives, environmental bodies, the drinks industry, regulators, campaigning organisations, lawyers, recycling collection equipment manufacturers and operators and waste and recycling policy makers.


Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government

Andrew Henderson

Director of Public Policy, Pinsent Masons LLP

Jill Farrell

Chief Operating Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

James Mackenzie

Policy and Communications Advisor, Have You Got the Bottle?

Claudia Beamish

Spokesperson for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Labour Party

Maurice Golden MSP

Scottish Conservative Party Low Carbon Economy Spokesperson and Chief Whip

Liam McArthur MSP

Spokesperson for Justice and Energy, Scottish Liberal Democrats

John MacDonald

Operations Director, Excel Vending Limited

Bryan McCluskey

Circularity Director, Natural Source Waters Association

Dr Peter Lee

Head of Operations, Oakdene Hollins

Stephen Freeland

Policy Advisor, Scottish Environmental Services Association

Colin Smith

Chief Executive, Scottish Wholesale Association

Ewan MacDonald-Russell

Head of Policy and External Affairs, Scottish Retail Consortium

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Very good to see several high profile and interesting female speakers.

Eleanor Lane, CMS,
4th Annual Scottish Transport Conference 2017