The Scottish Government has today brought forward legislation to make it easier for retailers getting ready for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.  

With the scheme set to start in summer 2022, retailers across the country are looking to install reverse vending machines (RVMs) to accept returns of empty bottles and cans. 


To support their efforts, the Scottish Government has laid an order before the Scottish Parliament. If passed, the order will remove the need for planning permission for an RVM and associated structures, subject to certain criteria being met.  


These criteria, which include things like the size and location of the RVM, have been designed to be as inclusive as possible without adversely impacting the local environment. 


Subject to parliament’s approval, the changes will come into effect on 30 October. 


You can find the full details of the legislation, including the criteria, at

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