From 1st July 2022 retailers in Scotland will be required to charge a deposit of 20p for drinks in single use cans or plastic or glass bottles and to accept these containers back against the refund of the deposit and return them for recycling.
The NFRN will be working to inform members about the scheme as details become available, with regular updates and information being published from July 2021.
Currently the Scheme Administrator has not been appointed so many operational details, including the handling fee that retailers will received on each returned item, have yet to be determined.
At a glance
What we know
When does DRS start?
1st July 2022
Does it apply to England, Wales or Northern Ireland?
No but schemes are being discussed in these nations.
Do I have to participate?
Yes. There will be a small number of exemptions from handling returns. Scottish Ministers have not yet announced the criteria or application process.
Do I have to install a Reverse Vending Machine?
No. The NFRN fought for manual, over the counter, take back to be an option for retailers.
Will there be new barcodes on the bottles and cans?
This has yet to be decided.
Will the costs of drinks increase at the wholesalers?
Yes. Wholesalers will now charge you the deposit on each drinks can and bottle your purchase. Retailers will pass this on to the customer when they buy the drink.
Do I need planning permission to install a reverse vending machine?
The Scottish government has tabled regulations that, if passed, will mean that from 30th October 2020, planning permission will not be needed when installing a DRS related reverse vending machine, provide the machine is less than 3.5m high and has a footprint of less than 80 square metres.
The regulations, which list all of the requirement, can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/269/made
Can I be exempt from collecting returned bottles and cans?
It will be possible to apply for an exemption on the basis of environmental health reasons or because of the close proximity of alternative return points.
The NFRN is working closely with the Scottish Government to draw up the exemption criteria and the application process.
The Scottish Government has announced that the application process will open on the 1st January 2021.
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