|Scotland’s bottle return scheme will go ahead in August despite the concerns of business and producers, the circular economy minister has said.|
Lorna Slater also encouraged businesses to sign up to the initiative before the end of the month.
The scheme is designed to boost recycling via a 20p deposit on single-use drinks bottles and cans.
But industry critics fear it will disrupt trade, raise prices and reduce choice.
Producers have until 28 February to register for the scheme ahead of its launch on 16 August.
Asked if it would launch as planned despite all the warnings and criticism, Ms Slater told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland: “Absolutely. It is all systems go for Scotland’s deposit return scheme.”
Ms Slater said the scheme had already been delayed to give companies more time to recover from the pandemic.
Ms Slater also defended the concept of the “really exciting scheme” and said it shifted responsibility for litter from the taxpayer to the producers.
Scottish Chambers of Commerce sent a letter to Minister Slater on the 30th of January to outline concerns and priorities for the business community on the deposit return scheme. At the time of writing (14th February), SCC have yet to receive a response from Minister Slater.
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