The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has launched new guide to the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland.

Unveiled at the ACS Responsible Retailing Seminar, the new DRS Scotland guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the scheme being introduced in Scotland in August this year, as well as detailed guidance on how retailers should go about deciding what part they’ll play in the operation of the scheme.

The scheme in Scotland will introduce a 20p deposit on PET Plastic, glass and metal single use containers between 50ml and 3ltrs. Consumers can get the deposit back when they return the containers to retailers, either via a dedicated Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) or through a manual returns process. ACS’ Deposit Return Scheme guide outlines the areas that retailers need to consider when looking at whether to install an RVM in their store, do manual returns of containers, or apply for an exemption from the scheme altogether.

Although rumours are circulating that DRS will be delayed again, the Scottish scheme is set to go live on 16 August. England, Wales and Northern Ireland have also announced plans for a Deposit Return Scheme, coming into force in 2025. ACS is currently consulting with the government on the appointment of a Deposit Management Organisation (DMO) ahead of the introduction of the scheme.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “This guide is essential reading for any retailers in Scotland looking at their options when it comes to the introduction of the Deposit Return Scheme later this year, and any suppliers who are looking for a clear explanation of the ins and outs of the scheme and the changes that will have to be made in stores to accommodate returns.

“I encourage all retailers in Scotland to utilise our guide to help their decision making and implementation process in the coming months. We know from previous changes in legislation that there can be a tendency to leave things to the last minute – it’s absolutely crucial that everyone starts preparing as soon as possible to ensure that they’re ready for August.”

The full DRS Scotland guide is available on the ACS website here.