Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The drinks producer could be:
Before 1 March each year, or within 28 days of becoming a producer, all producers must either:
There are two ways that a producer can register to be part of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme, either directly with SEPA or through the scheme administrator.
If you would like to register directly with SEPA please contact:
Visit the Circularity Scotland website for information on how to register:
In both cases your application must contain the information from Schedule 1 of the DRS regulations.
You must also have an operational plan that sets out how you will comply with these requirements.
You will need to pay the fee of £360 (if your turnover is greater than £85,000).
If you are a producer, you must, either yourself, or through the scheme administrator:
You are also required keep for at least 4 years all information about:
You will also have to accept the return by any retailer or wholesaler the drinks containers that you sold to the retailer or wholesaler for the Scottish market.
You will also have to pay the 20p deposit for each item returned.
This also applies to items that you sold that are returned by a Return Point Operator ( e.g. reverse vending machines) or from hospitality businesses.
Retailers, return point operators or hospitality retailers will have some costs associated with the collection and storage and transport of returned drinks containers. You will need to pay a reasonable handling charge to them in addition to the 20p deposit.
Your operational plan needs to state how you will achieve the collection targets that have been set for drinks containers.
These require you to collect:
Drinks producers - what must you do?
SEPA Special Waste Consignment Notes – updated position, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only.
DAERA Waste Policy Tracker, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a Waste policy tracker to stay informed of waste policy developments.
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