Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme(DRS) for drinks containers is a keystone in the Scottish Government’s strategies to address climate change, improve recycling rates and reduce litter.

Currently, the launch of the scheme is legislated to take place on 1 July 2022, however this may change depending on the outcome of a review currently being undertaken by the Scottish Government.

  • May

    2019

    Scheme design

    Scheme design

    In May 2019, the Scottish Government revealed its design for a DRS including the proposed 20p deposit and target materials.

  • September

    2019

    Regulations go to Parliament

    Regulations go to Parliament

    The Scottish Government publishes the draft legislation for The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020.

  • May

    2020

    Regulations pass in Parliament

    Regulations pass in Parliament

    On 13 May, the Scottish Parliament voted to approve the Regulations establishing Scotland’s national Deposit Return Scheme.

  • March

    2021

    Circularity Scotland appointed scheme administrator

    Circularity Scotland appointed scheme administrator

    On 24 March 2021 the Scottish Government confirmed that it had approved Circularity Scotland’s application to become the scheme’s administrator.

  • Autumn

    2021

    Producer & return point sign up starts

    Producer & return point sign up starts

    Producers and return point operators will be able to sign up with Circularity Scotland to start getting ready for the formal registration process. 

  • July

    2022

    DRS goes live

    DRS goes live

    On 1 July 2022, Scotland’s DRS will go live, consumers will start paying a 20p deposit at point of purchase.

Please note that future dates are subject to change. We will regularly review and update this page to keep the information up to date.

FAQs

Currently, the scheme is scheduled to go live with the public from 1 July 2022 however the date is subject to review by the Scottish Government. If you’d like us to keep you up to speed with any changes, why not register your details with us.