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08 May 2019

FSB: Ministers break bottle commitment

Today Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham delivered a Ministerial Statement revealing further details about a proposed bottle deposit scheme for Scotland. The Scottish Government has ruled out an exemption for the smallest Scottish shops.

Colin Borland the FSB’s director of devolved nations said: “A bottle deposit scheme is undoubtedly a popular idea. But it is understandable that those that run the very smallest shops have concerns about storage.

“That’s why we’ve been working with officials, underlining the importance of an opt-out for those without appropriate capacity. We’re unhappy that the Scottish Government hasn’t taken on board our concerns, despite a commitment to address the problems such a scheme poses for small retailers. Ministers need to explain to those that run the smallest shops how this scheme will work for them.”