Deposit Return Scheme


About the consultation

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform made a statement in the Scottish Parliament that a Deposit Return Scheme would be introduced in Scotland. The Scottish Government confirmed its intention to introduce a scheme in its Programme for Government in September 2019.

The Draft Regulations were laid in Parliament on 10 September 2019.

The Regulations have been referred to the ECCLR Committee for consideration. At its meeting on 3 September 2019, the Committee agreed its approach to consideration of the proposed draft regulations. The Committee agreed to issue a public call for evidence and to invite key stakeholders to submit their views.


10 September | Draft regulations pre-laid
17 September | Committee call for views and letter to the Scottish Government issued
8 October | Evidence session with Scottish Government officials
15 October | Deadline for submissions responding to the call for views
12 November | Evidence session with stakeholders
19 November | Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary
3 December | Committee agrees report
10 December | Final date for publication of report


Call for evidence (closed)

On 17 September 2019 the Committee issued a call for evidence. The closing date for written submissions was 15 October 2019.

Read the call for evidence


Read the responses and supplementary written evidence received by the Committee


The 'Cabinet Secretary' refers to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform unless otherwise stated.

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary with a detailed set of questions. Read the letter and the response:

The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee with information on the pre-laying process. Read the letter:


The Committee published its report on Tuesday 10 December 2019: 

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