Waste sector criticises Scottish deposit scheme proposals

The waste industry has criticised the Scotish government’s plans for a deposit return scheme (DRS), claiming it has “jumped the gun” by pressing ahead with a launch before the rest of the UK and “missed a trick” in opting for an ‘all-in’ system.

The Scottish Environmental Services Association (SESA) said the proposals, published last week, “bear little resemblance to the common, cross-cutting views expressed by many different sectors through last year’s public consultation”.

The trade body argued that the Scottish government had “missed a trick” by proposing an “all-in system”, which would cover almost all drink containers, regardless of size. It said an ‘on the go’ system would have targeted “those containers most likely to be discarded as litter, while limiting the negative impacts on Scotland’s existing, well established kerbside collections systems”.

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