Deposit Return Scheme


About the consultation

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform made a statement in the Scottish Parliament that a Deposit Return Scheme would be introduced in Scotland. The Scottish Government confirmed its intention to introduce a scheme in its Programme for Government in September 2019.

The Draft Regulations were laid in Parliament on 10 September 2019

The Regulations were referred to the ECCLR Committee for consideration. At its meeting on 3 September 2019, the Committee agreed its approach to consideration of the proposed draft regulations. The Committee agreed to issue a public call for evidence and to invite key stakeholders to submit their views.

The Regulations were laid in Parliament on 16 March 2020.

The Committee consider the regulations to establish a Deposit and Return Scheme on the morning of Wednesday 29 April via a remote meeting. That meeting will be broadcast live. Papers for the meeting will be published on the Committee's homepage by close of play on Friday 24 April.


Call for evidence (closed)

On 17 September 2019 the Committee issued a call for evidence. The closing date for written submissions was 15 October 2019.

Read the call for evidence


Read the responses and supplementary written evidence received by the Committee


The 'Cabinet Secretary' refers to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform unless otherwise stated.

The deadline for the Committee to report on the Deposit and Return Regulations is yet to be confirmed (the Parliament is focussed on critical business only in relation to Covid-19).

The Committee has written to the Scottish Government seeking further information and does not plan to take any further evidence from stakeholders. The Committee will consider the motion on the regulations, once laid, and plans to hear from the Cabinet Secretary and report by the deadline. The Committee will publish the date for consideration of the motion, once confirmed.

The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee upon laying the instrument. Read the letter and the responses from the Cabinet Secretary:

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary with a detailed set of questions. Read the letter and the response:

The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee with information on the pre-laying process. Read the letter:


The Committee published its report on Tuesday 10 December 2019: 

This website is using cookies.
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website.