The Federation of Independent Retailers (The Fed) has responded to the UK government’s announcement that the deposit return scheme in Scotland can only go ahead if glass bottles are excluded.
The Fed’s national deputy vice president Mo Razzaq said: “The Federation of Independent Retailers welcomes the proposal of a joined-up scheme for the UK as this is undoubtedly more practical for businesses and consumers alike.
“If glass is ultimately exempt from the Scottish scheme, it is vitally important that an alternative measure is introduced to ensure litter decreases and more bottles are reused. There is clearly headroom for improvement in Scotland’s current level of success in reaching targets to curb waste of the earth’s resources.
“If, in the end, the Scottish scheme omits glass, it is important that independent retailers who took out leasing contracts for complex machines to handle returned containers including glass, are compensated for their losses.”
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