Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)
The Deposit Return Scheme will be implemented in Scotland from 16 August 2023 and in the rest of the UK sometime in late 2025.
It will require retailers of drinks products in certain packaging types to charge a deposit as part of the sale price that will be returned to anyone bringing back the packaging to a participating retailer ie one that has sold drinks in the relevant packaging.
For Scotland, the regulations have been published
with an amendment to change the start date to 2023
The Scoittish system will cover:packaging that:
- is made wholly or mainly from PET plastic, glass, steel or aluminium,
- is conceived or designed to—
- contain at least 50 millilitres and no more than 3 litres of liquid, and
- be sealed in an airtight and watertight state at the point of sale,
- cannot be returned to its state at the point of sale by the consumer, and
- is single-use packaging,
For England and NI, glass will be excluded but will be included for Wales similar to Scotland.
Once introduced, packaging in scope for DRS will be exempt from the current packaging waste regulations and the future EPR.
Further information on the Scottish proposals can be found here.
A Defra Business Readiness Forum session on 25 Jan 2023 gave more details as to how the system will work in England, Wales and NI.
Latest Q&A information (24/02/23)
Defra update newsletter 16/03/23
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