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Timescales for the scheme

On 7 June 2023, the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity announced that Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will be delayed until October 2025 at the earliest. This is to align with schemes in the rest of the UK.

 The four administrations are collaborating to ensure they deliver a DRS which is simple and efficient for industry and consumers across the UK.

You can read the full statement about the announcement on the Scottish Government website: gov.scot/news/deposit-return/

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