Deposit return scheme concerns raised by SWA
A deposit return scheme that includes glass has caused concern in Scotland
The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has written an open letter to Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham, sharing its concerns over a deposit return scheme (DRS) that includes glass.
In the letter, chief executive Colin Smith said: “If included, wholesalers will see double the value of beverage containers they supply being captured by DRS. This will significantly increase cash-flow issues with the deposits being paid out upfront for all soft drinks and alcohol, while wholesalers importing wine and spirits will be particularly badly affected.”
He added: “We believe the commencement date of spring 2021 is unachievable.”
A recent YouGov survey carried out by Zero Waste Scotland showed 85% of people in Scotland said glass bottles should be included.
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