The SLTA (Scottish Licensed Trade Association) has said that current speculation that the UK Government is on the verge of issuing a conditional agreement that could permit Scotland to pilot a UK-wide deposit return scheme (DRS) without glass is “what we asked for five years ago”.

Colin Wilkinson, SLTA managing director, said:
“Five years ago, the Scottish hospitality and retail sectors pushed for a UK-wide scheme with glass out of scope – we always said that any DRS should be UK-wide and without glass and include a standardised deposit charge, bar codes and labelling across the UK.

“This is another twist in the ongoing DRS farce where producers, suppliers, and the retail and hospitality sectors are the collateral damage, left in limbo as to what a scheme will finally look like or if it even goes ahead at all.

“What we need now is a clear path forward and it is imperative that we get clarity on what is happening as soon as possible.

“We have always said that we will support a DRS that is workable and practicable for both businesses and consumers – that hasn’t changed but the whole debacle needs to be sorted out as a matter of urgency.”