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Making deposit return work for the islands

Zero Waste Scotland has helped to design a deposit return scheme that will work for the whole of Scotland, from our cities to our islands. 

To ensure that any consequences of the regulations are considered from the perspective of island communities and businesses, the Scottish Government undertook the first Islands Communities Impact Assessment. With the support and guidance of the Deposit Return Scheme Islands Forum, impacts unique to the islands were considered and potential mitigating actions proposed.  

You can read the final impact assessment on the Scottish Government website.

The final regulations have been modified as a result of this engagement. This includes the introduction of a “reasonableness” test for retailers in relation to the number of containers they need to accept. 

Engaging island communities

Zero Waste Scotland organised a series of events across each of the island local authorities: 

  • Argyll and Bute Council: Islay, 22 October 2019 and Bute, 28 October 2019 

  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar: Lewis, 30 October 2019 

  • The Highland Council: Skye, 1 November 2019 

  • North Ayrshire Council: Arran, 25 October 2019 

  • Orkney Islands Council: Orkney Mainland, 24 October 2019 

  • Shetland Islands Council: Shetland Mainland, 8 November 2019 

To allow those who could not attend an opportunity to be involved, we also held a webinar, which you can watch below. 

Please note this webinar was recorded in November 2019. To find out the latest details of Scotland’s upcoming deposit return scheme, we recommend exploring the regulations and essentials sections or signing up to our stakeholder newsletter at the bottom of the page.

Watch the replay