Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has given a cautious welcome after a consultation was launched on a deposit return scheme being rolled out across Scotland.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, who is also his party’s spokesperson on the natural environment says the scheme has the potential to transform attitudes towards single-use plastics, but also added that proper safeguards must be in place.
The scheme which will see consumers able to take back single-use containers including plastic, steel cans, aluminium and glass bottles and deposit them in return for 20 pence, is now out to consultation until December 10.
Mr Carson is encouraging individuals and businesses across his constituency to take part in the regulations surrounding the proposed scheme, in order to ensure it benefits rural communities.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The deposit return scheme is a very positive step as we try and encourage a change in attitude towards single usage.
“This consultation is a perfect opportunity for individuals and businesses to make their voices heard about how they would like the scheme to operate.
“While I believe the scheme has the potential to majorly benefit our natural environment, we must ensure that this consultation period addresses any areas of potential concern.
“In particular, rural constituencies like my own must be confident that the infrastructure support will be in place to enable them to be able to take part in the scheme, as this will be a major change for many.
“There must be a degree of flexibility in any final scheme, with the needs of rural retailers far different to those operating in our cities.
“I would encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation on what is an exciting development for the way in which we tackle single use of materials.”