Scotland’s beverage recycling program has been put on hold indefinitely, less than a week after COP26.

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Scotland’s beverage recycling program has been postponed indefinitely, less than a week after COP26.

The start of the Deposit Return Scheme has been postponed for the second time, with the original April 2021 deadline having already been pushed back.

Scotland’s flagship beverage container recycling scheme has been postponed indefinitely, less than a week after the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow came to a close.

The delay of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) was dubbed “farcical,” “shambolic,” and “undermining” of the Scottish Government’s environmental rhetoric.

The scheme’s start date has been pushed back for the second time, with the original April 2021 deadline having already been pushed back due to the Covid pandemic.

When buying drinks in cans and bottles, shoppers will be charged an extra 20p, which will be refunded when they return the empty containers for recycling.

Circular economy minister Lorna Slater confirmed in a statement at Holyrood on Wednesday that it had been delayed again and that no firm start date had been set.

She assured MSPs that the Scottish Government remained committed to implementing the drinks recycling scheme “as soon as practically possible.”

However, she claimed that the scheme had been derailed by the effects of Covid and Brexit, which had disrupted supply chains and distracted retailers who are crucial to the scheme’s success.

Ms Slater also claimed that the UK government had so far refused to commit to exempting the 20p deposits from VAT, which she claimed would add “unnecessary cost, time delay, and risk” to the scheme.

She stated that she would continue to work with retailers to “agree a final timeframe and clear milestones for delivery,” but that this was unclear at this time.

Both Nicola Sturgeon and her Green coalition partners are embarrassed by the delay, which comes after a fortnight of engagements at COP26.

Ms Slater slammed the Scottish Government for delaying the scheme in May, before becoming a minister, and said it “needs to be done.”

Delaying the scheme until next year would also violate an SNP manifesto commitment made before the election in May, when the party stated that it would begin in 2022.

The Scottish Retail Consortium’s head of policy, Ewan MacDonald-Russell, predicted that businesses would “raise a weary eyebrow” at the lack of progress on the scheme.

“This process has dragged on far too long and needs to be completed as soon as possible.”

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Scotland’s beverage recycling program has been put on hold indefinitely, less than a week after COP26.

Scotland’s drinks recycling scheme delayed indefinitely, less than a week after COP26

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