Press releases

08 May 2019

BSDA responds to unveiling of Scottish DRS proposals

British Soft Drinks Association director-general Gavin Partington responds to the Scottish Government outlining its proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS):

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s acknowledgement of the role our sector is ready to play in delivering a DRS. The best schemes internationally are run by industry, with a not-for-profit management company targeting ambitious return rates. The decision to adopt an ‘all-in’ model encompassing all retailers is preferable, as our analysis shows that this option has the best chance of increasing recycling rates.

“However, international best practice also suggests that the deposit level should be determined by the management company on the basis of what is needed to drive returns. In setting a fee level in advance, the Scottish Government is diminishing the scope of the system to adapt according to need.

“The inclusion of glass raises costs and introduces a complexity which creates unnecessary risk to the successful launch of a DRS in Scotland.

“We also remain concerned about the feasibility of introducing a well-designed and effective DRS in such a short timeframe. We urge the Scottish Government to reconsider its proposed timescale. We continue to believe a GB-wide full DRS for all plastic and can beverage containers remains the best way to increase recycling levels.”