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  • Submitted by: Maurice Golden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 20 February 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-07975
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Motions as amended

That the Parliament believes that a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) can make a positive contribution to increasing the rate of recycling and reducing litter for drinks containers; recognises that the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020, which establish the approach and structure of Scotland’s DRS, were agreed by the Parliament in May 2020; welcomes the recent progress made by Circularity Scotland, SEPA, the Scottish Government and the UK Government in finalising the key operational elements of the scheme; further welcomes the package of measures recently announced by Circularity Scotland to support producers; notes that the most recent review in October 2022 concluded that 'the DRS Programme has gained increased momentum and is in a much improved position'; understands that Scotland’s DRS will make an important contribution to cutting climate emissions, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue to take a pragmatic approach to implementation, working with industry to identify and address concerns.


Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr, Douglas Lumsden, Alexander Stewart

Vote

Result 65 for, 58 against, 0 abstained, 6 did not vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Scottish Labour

Scottish Green Party

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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0
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Abstained
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did not vote
0

No Party Affiliation

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0
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0
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did not vote

Original motion text

That the Parliament believes that a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) can make a positive contribution to increasing the rate of recycling and reducing litter for drinks containers; recognises that the Scottish Government has been committed to introducing a DRS since 2013; welcomes the widespread support that the scheme’s environmental objectives have received from businesses, and recognises their concerns over key operational elements of the scheme; understands that businesses, and waste management experts have called for at least 18 months’ notice prior to the scheme launch, and that, with less than six months until the proposed launch, information is still required by stakeholders to both ensure compliance and maximise the operational success of the scheme; notes the findings of the Gateway Review Final Report, which stated that “…a fully functioning and compliant DRS cannot be in operation for the revised August 2023 schedule”, and calls for an urgent independent review of the launch date to enable a successful launch as soon as practically possible.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-07975.1

Submitted by: Colin Smyth, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Result 58 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 6 did not vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-07975.2

Submitted by: Lorna Slater, Lothian, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Patrick Harvie, Michael Matheson, Màiri McAllan
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, February 22, 2023