How do we make the Deposit Return Scheme a success story for the environment & for Scotland?

16th October 2023

16:30 – 17:30

PJ& Live, Aberdeen

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government confirmed that its deposit return scheme (DRS) – originally due to be launched in August 2023 – would be delayed until at least October 2025. This decision followed apprehension from the UK Government about the impact of the scheme on the UK internal market, alongside practical concerns from industry about both the scheme’s rollout and its potential to increase costs.


It is widely acknowledged that the deposit return schemes will come with environmental benefits for Scotland, including increased recycling and a reduction in littering and carbon emissions.  As work continues ahead of the scheme’s 2025 introduction, stakeholders must be engaged in the development process to dispel remaining doubts.


Join us as we consider how Scotland can deliver a successful DRS scheme, which addresses previous concerns and works productively alongside equivalent UK schemes.



Mandy Rhodes

Editor and Managing Director, Holyrood Communications

Jim Fox

Associate Director of Public Affairs, Coca Cola European Partners

Ivan McKee MSP

Former Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise

Collette Stevenson MSP


John Kinnear

National Director, Diabetes Scotland

Name Surname MP

Shadow Minister for Skills and Further Education

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