Final regulations for Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme have now been laid in the Scottish Parliament by Scotland's Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham.

Final regulations for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

These confirm the scheme's go-live date will be 1 July 2022, giving retailers and producers time to prepare for a successful scheme from day one.

The final regulations maintain the ambitious approach to materials, with glass included alongside PET plastic, aluminium and steel. The scheme will also be as accessible as possible, with more 17,000 return points across the country. 

Following consultation with island communities, feedback from the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee and stakeholder input, there will also be a few small changes to ensure that the scheme works for all of Scotland.

If you’d like to find out more about how the final regulations will affect you, we’ve published a suite of new dedicated content across our information hub for the scheme; Read our updated information and new resources as well as our FAQs and specialist briefings for small producers and small bakeries.

Find out more in our dedicated pages

You can also find updated impact assessments and other supporting documents for the scheme including updates to the environmental and equalities impact assessment, and an islands assessment on the Scottish Government publications site.

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