By the time that Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) comes into effect in July 2022, the NFRN will have spent the best part of five years fighting to ensure that the scheme works for independent retailers and not just the supermarkets. The NFRN was the first retail trade body to support the introduction of a DRS in Scotland.
With the legislation having passed the Scottish Parliament, work across the scheme’s wide range of stakeholders is focused on the creation of an independent Scheme Administrator.
This work is being lead by drinks manufacturers, who ultimately underwrite the scheme’s costs. It is important that retailers have a voice and the NFRN have been consistently arguing the point with anyone who will listen, as well as the few who didn’t want to.
Our work has paid off and retailers will form part of the scheme administrator, but our voice will depend on the number of “return points” (in our case, shops) that we speak for.
We are aware that many of our members operate more than one store. A formal registration process for all return points will take place next year (we will keep you informed as to when) but in the meantime we would like to gauge just how many return points we speak for.
The more stores we represent, the bigger the voice of independent retailers.
I would ask you to complete this survey form and to give us the information to represent you in the creation of Scotland’s deposit return scheme.