Scotland Climate action and sustainable development

Designing a world leading recycling system in Scotland


Join us for a panel discussion examining how a deposit return scheme will work in Scotland and how it could sit alongside the introduction of extended producer responsibility reforms throughout the UK.

Waste is a devolved matter, and Scotland is pushing ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to implementing a DRS, with the overarching design for the scheme already announced. At the same time, the Scottish Government has consulted together with the other UK administrations on major reforms to the producer responsibility regulations for packaging waste.

These major overhauls promise to change how producers, retailers, householders, local authorities and waste managers alike deal with waste materials. As they take shape, it will be important that designs are chosen to ensure the best environmental outcomes and reforms work together to avoid unintended consequences.

The panel will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

Expert speakers will include:

  • Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Jenni Hume, campaign manager, Have You Got the Bottle?
  • Libby Peake, senior policy adviser, Green Alliance
  • Marcel Arsand, sustainability manager, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

This event will also see the Scottish launch of a new Green Alliance report that considers how to achieve a near 100 per cent recycling rate for aluminium packaging. This case study will examine what can be achieved through ambitious policy.

The debate will take place from 4-5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception.