Deposit return scheme for Scotland: SEA

This strategic environmental assessment (SEA) post adoption statement details the environmental considerations that have gone into the design of the deposit return scheme for Scotland.


1. The Scottish Government (2017) A Nation with Ambition – The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017- 18, Pg. 41 

2. The Scottish Government (2018) A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Strategic Environmental Assessment 

3. Section 3 of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 defines the consultation authorities as Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Historic Scotland (HS)

4. Zero Waste Scotland (2018). DRS SEA Screening and Scoping Report

5. Scottish Government DRS consultation analysis 

6. The Scottish Government (2018), A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

7. The Scottish Government (2010) Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan 

8. The Scottish Government (2016) Making Things Last – A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland 

9. The Scottish Government (2012) Safeguarding Scotland's Resources - A Programme for the Efficient Use of Our Materials

10. The Scottish Government (2014) Towards a Litter Free Scotland: A Strategic Approach to Higher Quality Local Environments 

11. The Scottish government (2014) A Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland 

12. Capture Rates: The percentage of materials that is anticipated to be obtained into the example systems

13. European Commission (2013) Marine Litter study to support the establishment of an initial quantitative headline reduction target

14. Ghent University (2016) Deposit-refund schemes for one-way drink packaging.

15. The 25 year timeframe was revised for the preferred option to reflect the assumed first full year of operation.

16. The topics are: biodiversity; population; human health; fauna; flora; soil; water; air; climatic factors; material assets; cultural heritage, including architectural and archaeological heritage; landscape; and the inter-relationship between them.

17. The administrative costs of the scheme will be funded by producers – this will incentivise them to maximise performance of the scheme, as the more it costs to run, the more it will cost producers.

18. The Scottish Government (2018), DRS consultation feedback 

19. The Scottish Government (2018), A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland

20. Any percentage figures shown refer to respondents who specifically addressed the SEA topic, and so should not be viewed as a percentage of the total number of responses received.

21. HM Treasury (2018). The Green Book: Central Government Guidance on Appraisal and Evaluation.  

22. Scottish Government, Welsh Government, UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive (2018), Principles for co-operation on deposit return, as agreed by Ministers from the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments and representatives of the Northern Ireland Executive at the Deposit Return Scheme Summit on 5 July 2018.

23. Scottish Government (2013) Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidance.



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