Zero Waste Scotland 190pxThe UK’s first deposit return scheme, in which ACR+ member Zero Waste Scotland has advised on its design, will go live across Scotland on 16 August 2023, helping to recycle billions of bottles and cans every year. The announcement follows an independent review, which considered the impact of COVID-19 on the scheme. Addressing parliament, the Circular Economy Minister set out plans for a phased implementation of the scheme and said the target of achieving 90% collection rates by 2024 will be maintained.

As part of the phased implementation, the Scottish Government is working with retailers on a voluntary basis to enable people to start returning their bottles and cans for recycling from November 2022.


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