The ACS has launched a comprehensive guide to help retailers make informed decisions about the upcoming deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland.
The launch comes in the same week as the Times reported the UK government is planning to block the roll-out of the scheme due to its potential impact on inflation.
At present, DRS is set to be introduced in Scotland on 16 August, and will see the introduction of a 20p deposit on PET plastic, glass, and metal single use containers between 50ml and 3-litres. Shoppers can get the deposit back when they return the containers to retailers, either via a dedicated reverse vending machine (RVM), or through a manual returns process.
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The ACS specific guide for stores outlines the area that retailers need to consider when looking at whether to install an RVM, do manual returns of containers, or apply for an exemption from the scheme altogether.
Chief executive, James Lowman said: “This guide is essential reading for any retailers in Scotland looking at their options when it comes to the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme later this year, and any suppliers who are looking for a clear explanation of the ins and outs of the scheme and the changes that will have to be made in stores to accommodate returns.
“I encourage all retailers in Scotland to utilise our guide to help their decision making and implementation process in the coming months. We know from previous changes in legislation that there can be a tendency to leave things to the last minute – it’s absolutely crucial that everyone starts preparing as soon as possible to ensure that they’re ready for August.”
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