UKHospitality reaction to Scotland deposit return scheme
08 May 2019
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has reacted to confirmation of the deposit return scheme for Scotland.
UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said: “Hospitality businesses are committed to supporting efforts to tackle waste and have acted proactively.
“It is encouraging to see the proposed measures consider the difficulties that hospitality venues would face under an inflexible deposit return scheme, although we are still concerned about the scheme as a whole.
“Hospitality venues tend to operate in busy service environments where drinks are, by and large, bought for consumption on the premises. Drinks bought and sold in venues such as pubs, hotels, bars and restaurants are done so in a closed loop. The scheme does account for this and avoids the potential for businesses such as pubs, hotels or restaurants to be inundated with returns purchased in supermarkets or other shops.
“Although the scheme does provide some breathing room for hospitality, there is still the potential for it to be fraudulently exploited. Additionally, if Scotland-specific packaging is required to mitigate the potential for fraud, then customers could end up with much less choice and higher costs.
“The scheme in Scotland may be used as a model for the rest of the UK, but it is disappointing that we don’t already have a cohesive, UK-wide approach in place.”