Deposit return scheme delayed until July 2022

The implementation date for Scotland's deposit return scheme has been delayed by more than a year.

The "go-live" date is to be pushed back from April next year to July 2022.

Under the scheme, people will be able to return a container to shops in return for a 20p fee which was paid when the drink was purchased.

The government said the delay would give businesses time to ensure the necessary infrastructure was in place.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "Our deposit return scheme will be the first national scheme of its type operating in the UK.

FSA calls for Facebook to tighten food seller checks

The call comes as a BBC investigation has discovered a large number of sellers on Facebook Marketplace were not registered as a food business with their local authority.

According to the BBC, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chair, Heather Hancock, has called for Facebook to bring in stricter seller checks on its Marketplace platform.

Facebook requires people selling food from their homes on a regular basis to register with their local authority, but BBC News reportedly found a number of food sellers were unregistered.

HASCOG Scotland meeting

he HASCOG Scotland meeting scheduled to take place at REHIS HQ on Thursday 26 March has been cancelled.

Statement on the presentation of this year's Annual Environmental Health Forum

In the light of the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the decision has been taken to postpone the presentation of this year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum, scheduled to take place on 29/30 April, and to consider its delivery in one format or another later in the year. A difficult decision to take but one that is right for the protection of public health and wellbeing in Scotland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - REHIS meetings and events

Please be assured that REHIS is monitoring the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Scottish Government advice will inform any decision on whether or not to hold REHIS events and meetings and any decisions will be taken at the earliest opportunity and in the interests of public health. Decisions will be communicated to all participants, E-mail alerts will be issued to all who are registered to receive them and updates will be published on the REHIS website.

For further advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit:

Local Authority Food Sampling in Scotland report published

Food Standards Scotland have published their annual report “Local Authority Food Sampling in Scotland”. 

Would you like to bring Beat the Street to your community?

The popular Beat the Street initiative is an innovative real-life walking game that helps build active communities with improved activity levels and a positive impact on air quality. So far, more than a million people have played the game in the UK and beyond and it is currently taking place in East Renfrewshire and East Kilbride.

Buckie-based fishing company fined following death of crew member

The operator of a North Sea trawler has been fined £50,000 over safety failures which led to the death of a crewman.

Government confirms plans to introduce import controls

The UK government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

E-cigarettes: how risky are they

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a Questions and Answers article on their website regarding the risks of E-cigarettes.

Globally, there are 1.1 billion adult smokers, 60% of them want or intend to quit. Much has been written and said about the potential of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes to help tobacco users quit. While the evidence is still inconclusive, e-cigarettes are often used along with one or more tobacco products. 

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