Accolade Wines backs Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

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One of the biggest wine companies in the world, Accolade Wines, has announced its support for Scotland’s nascent Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) as a founding partner. This latest announcement from the owner of brands including Hardys, Jam Shed, Mud House, Banrock Station, Echo Falls and Kumala, further cements the company’s broader sustainability agenda which most recently included achieving carbon neutral status in Europe. 

Caroline Thompson-Hill, managing director for Europe, Accolade Wines, said: “Sustainability is a core focus for us, our customers and consumers. We are proud to take a leading role within the industry by supporting the development of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.”

Scotland will be the first part of the UK to introduce a DRS for drinks containers. While parts of the scheme are yet to be finalised – such as the alignment with schemes planned for the other devolved nations – the primary objectives of the scheme are to increase the number of drinks containers that are recycled, reduce littering, and help protect the environment for future generations.  

Accolade Wines is the largest supplier of wine in Scotland and to hospitality businesses across the UK, and its support for the DRS is one of many steps to reduce its environmental footprint and sustainably grow the future of the industry. In addition to achieving carbon neutral status, last year the company launched ‘flat’ recycled PET plastic bottles across a number of its brands, resulting in a significant reduction in COacross the supply chain.

As part of the DRS, consumers will pay a £0.20 deposit as part of the purchase price of a drink in an eligible single-use container and get the deposit back when they return empty drinks bottles and cans via a return point.

“It’s important that everyone plays their part, and we encourage all drinkers to recycle their cans and bottles wherever possible, including via the new Deposit Return Scheme when it officially launches in Scotland.

“While there’s still a significant amount of work to do to get the scheme up and running, it will be particularly important to work on a standardised system for container recycling across the UK in the coming months and years.

“We congratulate the Scottish Government for its ongoing commitment to collaborate with the beverage industry on the DRS to ensure its success from the outset, supporting a sustainable industry,’ added Ms Thompson-Hill.

Over the coming months, beverage producers, retailers and other industry stakeholders will support the new scheme administrator of the DRS to ensure the scheme is developed in a way that works for consumers, industry and the environment.

Caroline Thompson-Hill, managing director for Europe, Accolade Wines, said: “Sustainability is a core focus for us, our customers and consumers. We are proud to take a leading role within the industry by supporting the development of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.”

Scotland will be the first part of the UK to introduce a DRS for drinks containers. While parts of the scheme are yet to be finalised – such as the alignment with schemes planned for the other devolved nations – the primary objectives of the scheme are to increase the number of drinks containers that are recycled, reduce littering, and help protect the environment for future generations.  

Accolade Wines is the largest supplier of wine in Scotland and to hospitality businesses across the UK, and its support for the DRS is one of many steps to reduce its environmental footprint and sustainably grow the future of the industry. In addition to achieving carbon neutral status, last year the company launched ‘flat’ recycled PET plastic bottles across a number of its brands, resulting in a significant reduction in COacross the supply chain.

As part of the DRS, consumers will pay a £0.20 deposit as part of the purchase price of a drink in an eligible single-use container and get the deposit back when they return empty drinks bottles and cans via a return point.

“It’s important that everyone plays their part, and we encourage all drinkers to recycle their cans and bottles wherever possible, including via the new Deposit Return Scheme when it officially launches in Scotland.

“While there’s still a significant amount of work to do to get the scheme up and running, it will be particularly important to work on a standardised system for container recycling across the UK in the coming months and years.

“We congratulate the Scottish Government for its ongoing commitment to collaborate with the beverage industry on the DRS to ensure its success from the outset, supporting a sustainable industry,’ added Ms Thompson-Hill.

Over the coming months, beverage producers, retailers and other industry stakeholders will support the new scheme administrator of the DRS to ensure the scheme is developed in a way that works for consumers, industry and the environment.