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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-00916: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made with the introduction of a deposit and return scheme for drinks containers.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 April 2017

In deciding whether such a scheme is right for Scotland, I think it is important to keep an open mind until we have considered the potential costs and benefits in partnership with all of those who would be involved.

Zero Waste Scotland - on behalf of the Scottish Government - is currently running a series of stakeholder workshops. These will help us to better understand the implications, opportunities and challenges associated with deposit return, and how these relate to our wider ambition to improve producer responsibility.

This work will identify facts, figures and potential risks in relation to key issues. Amongst those issues are the possible impact on small stores, how people behave differently where a deposit return is in place and how it might affect the local waste collection systems we already have.

I anticipate that these workshops will conclude by early summer and I will consider the next steps following that.