Deposit Return Scheme Scotland

Reverse Vending Machines (also known as RVM’S) are the pit pony of the bottle deposit systems.

Scotland Deposit Return Scheme

Scotland was the first part of the United Kingdom to announce that it is bringing in a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging. Scotland’s deposit return scheme will increase the quality of materials for recycling, the materials will be non contaminated, pure, separated and ready for recycling. The Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) will improve recycling rates and reduce litter significantly.

Brief History

2008
2008

First Reverse Vending Machine installed in Scotland

We installed the very First Reverse Vending Machine in Scotland

2009

Climate Change ACT 2009

The Climate Change Act (Scotland) provides for the “setting-up” of a deposit return scheme.

2010

The Zero Waste Plan was published

The Zero Waste Plan was published by the Scottish Government, which included a target to increase recycling to 70% by 2025.

2012

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations Passed

The Scottish Parliament passes The Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which place new responsibilities for recycling on business.

2013

First Pilot in Scotland for Glass Bottles , Plastic Bottles and Drink Cans

We undertook DRS “pilots” at IKEA Edinburgh and Glasgow stores with funding from Zero Waste Scotland , named “Recycle and Reward” the pilots were a huge success and helped create a case for the Deposit Return Scheme. (link)

2014

Scottish Government publishes its national litter strategy

The Scottish Government publishes its national litter strategy and introduced the carrier bag charge.

2015

Zero Waste Scotland publish feasibility study

Zero Waste Scotland publish a feasibility study on where a deposit return scheme could work for Scotland. After engaging with stakeholders Zero Waste Scotland publishes research findings about any potential deposit return scheme for Scotland. (Link)

2016

Circular Economy Strategy published

Scottish Government published “Making Things Last” circular economy strategy. (Link)

2017

RVM Systems feature on BBC News

On the 4th of September 2017 we participated in a News item about Deposit Return Schemes and Reverse Vending with STV. (link)

2017

Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland will introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers

On the 5th of September 2017 Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland will introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers. (watch video)

2018

Scottish Government began a Consultation period

In June the Scottish Government began a Consultation period on possible approaches for the deposit return scheme and undertakes public engagement events across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland. (Link)

2019

Consultation results announced

In February Scottish Government publishes its analysis of the consultation. (link)

2019

Return to Retail Deposit Return Scheme announced

On the 8th of May 2019 Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham told MSPs at Holyrood that a "return to retail" model would be adopted. 

 

2019

Glass will be included in the Deposit Return Scheme

September 10th 2019 marks the first time the Scottish Government have officially said glass will be included in the Deposit Return Scheme.

On this day a public consultation started.

16th March 2020

Scotland unveils start date for Deposit Return Scheme as July 2022

The regulations for the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland has been published today (16 March).

Accompanying statement for Deposit Return Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2020, prepared in accordance with Section 97 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The introduction of a deposit return scheme in Scotland will be delayed until July 2022 to give businesses more time to prepare and allow them to focus on dealing with the effects of the coronavirus, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.

Source - https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,deposit-return-scheme-delayed-to-2022-to-allow-businesses-time-to-deal-with_15236.htm

ROSEANNA CUNNINGHAM SCOTLAND 2020

 

 

29th April 2020

Important milestone in Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme reached:

On the 29th April 2020 an important milestone in Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme was reached.

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee backed the regulations.

They will now go forward to Parliament with Committee support.

13th May 2020

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme passed by Parliament

The Scottish Parliament voted today (Wednesday 13 May) to approve Regulations which will establish Scotland’s Deposit Scheme to boost recycling of single-use drinks containers.  Read More

The Scottish Parliament voted today (Wednesday 13 May) to approve Regulations which will establish Scotland’s Deposit Scheme to boost recycling of single-use drinks containers.   The scheme will see people pay a 20p deposit on metal cans and PET plastic and glass bottles, refunded when they’re returned for recycling.   The final regulations, which were laid in the Scottish Parliament in March, maintain the ambitious approach to materials, with glass included alongside PET plastic and aluminium and steel. Following consultation with island communities, feedback from the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee and stakeholder input, the Scottish Government made changes to the regulations. These include a commitment to review the performance of the scheme by October 2026, including the deposit level, materials and the collection targets. 

The scheme will see people pay a 20p deposit on metal cans and PET plastic and glass bottles, refunded when they’re returned for recycling. 

The final regulations, which were laid in the Scottish Parliament in March, maintain the ambitious approach to materials, with glass included alongside PET plastic and aluminium and steel. Following consultation with island communities, feedback from the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee and stakeholder input, the Scottish Government made changes to the regulations. These include a commitment to review the performance of the scheme by October 2026, including the deposit level, materials and the collection targets. 

 

22nd June 2020

Drinks producers can join a scheme administrator to fulfil their obligations

June 22nd 2020 marks the first time the Scottish Government have officially announced that application can be made to become a Deposit Return Scheme Administrator.

The administrator(s) of the scheme will be responsible for its day-to-day management.

Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme for bottles and cans creates new obligations for drinks producers. Most drinks producers are likely to nominate a scheme administrator to fulfil these on their behalf.

(Link)

PRESENT

 

Scotland was the first part of the UK to announce that it is bringing in a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging.

Zero Waste Scotland have been tasked by the Scottish Government with advising on the design of Scotland’s deposit return scheme, working with partners to provide support and advice on its implementation.

Scotland - Reverse Vending

With an established Reverse Vending sales team, service and maintenance team and a deposit return team all working from large offices in Edinburgh we are here to help you! We have large Reverse Vending warehousing, RVM offices and a Reverse Vending showroom in Edinburgh. We have spare parts hubs throughout Scotland and hold a large selection of Reverse Vending Machines (RVM’s) and RVM Systems on stock in Scotland.

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