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 have been 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.


10 September | Draft regulations pre-laid
17 September | Committee call for views and letter to the Scottish Government issued
8 October | Evidence session with Scottish Government officials
15 October | Deadline for submissions responding to the call for views
12 November | Evidence session with stakeholders
19 November | Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary
3 December | Committee agrees report
10 December | Final date for publication of report


Following its meeting on 17 September the Committee will issue a call for evidence. The Committee will report by 10 December 2019.


The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (hereafter 'the Cabinet Secretary') wrote to the Committee with information on the pre-laying process. Read the letter:

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