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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