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September 5th 2017. by Louise Banham,

Deposit return scheme gets green light in Scotland.

The Scottish government will press ahead with plans to introduce a deposit return scheme. Speaking in Holyrood today, leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon, said: “We will design and introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers as an important part of our determination to tackle litter and clean up our streets.”

Through the scheme, shoppers would pay a surcharge when buying drinks and be able to claim it back when return the bottles or cans to a shop.

The Scottish government will work with Zero Waste Scotland to create the system and assess the impact and benefits. It estimates that it could save local authorities between £3m and £6m on clearing litter.

Reacting to the news, the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) said it was “extremely disappointed”. Kate Salmon, SWA executive director, said: “The Scottish Government has reneged on its previous commitment to wholesalers and other stakeholders that options would be put to the public for consultation before ministers reached a final decision on whether or not to support a deposit return scheme.

“We stand by our view that a deposit return scheme would be impractical and costly for consumers, businesses and local councils.”

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