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Hospitality sector – what you must do

Hospitality sector – what you must do

If you run a bar, hotel, or restaurant, and you sell drinks in the types of containers that are covered by the scheme, you do not have to charge the 20p deposit if the drinks are consumed on the premises.

When you buy the drinks from the producer or the supplier, you will pay 20p deposit on each container. When they are collected, free of charge, for recycling you will get the 20p back for each container.

If any drinks are sold for consumption off the premises the 20p deposit must be charged, if they are in the types of containers covered by the DRS scheme. In this case you must follow the rules for retailers.

Further Information

SEPA: Hospitality sector info 

Circular Scotland: Hospitality sector info 

Zero Waste Scotland: Hospitality sector info 

 

Zero Waste Scotland FAQs 

SEPA: FAQs 

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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