Sturgeon pledge to shops
Rates relief offer to retailers adopting bottle return scheme
Bottle return schemes have been controversial
UPDATE: Retailers required to accept the return of single-use drinks containers could qualify for rates relief, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
In May, Ministers announced their plans for a Deposit Return Scheme which would see all shops that sell bottles or cans of drink reimburse customers 20p per returned container.
Sops have been guaranteed that their rates will not rise should they choose to install a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) to allow automated returns.
Speaking at the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) annual conference in Glasgow, the First Minister said: “The consequences of our throwaway culture can be seen in our streets, our countryside and our waters. But as well as being a depressing eyesore, the damage it causes our environment is irreversible.
“Retailers will be critical to the success of our planned Deposit Return Scheme and by introducing rates relief, we are supporting them to play their part.
“Retailers are already taking steps to reduce packaging and I look forward to the introduction of this scheme and the positive change in behaviour it will lead to.”