Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

The Deposit Return Scheme

The Deposit Return Scheme covers the sale and return of drinks containers in Scotland from 1 July 2023. A similar scheme is planned for Northern Ireland and will be introduced late in 2024. 

In this guideline:

What is the Deposit return scheme?

Customers - How will the DRS affect you?

Drinks producers - what must you do?

Retailers - What must you do?

Hospitality sector - What must you do?

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