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The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has ‘cautiously welcomed’ the Scottish Government’s announcement to delay the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), saying it’s crucial for a successful scheme.

The SBPA, which is a founder member of Circularity Scotland Ltd – the government appointed scheme administrator – has advised that September 2023 is the minimum realistic date the sector needs for the introduction of DRS.

Commenting, Scottish Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive Emma McClarkin said:

“The beer and pub sector cautiously welcomes confirmation of a delay. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors, it would have been impossible for the scheme to be ready by the previous date of July 2022.

“We all share the ambition of the Scottish Government to reduce emissions, improve recycling and speedily move towards a more circular economy – this delay is crucial in that. DRS will have massive impact on both brewers and publicans, to ensure a successful roll-out of the scheme, a delay until at least September 2023 is required.”


Press release from SBPA


Paul Togneri
Nick Lawrie

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