Colin Smith, chief executive of the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), has presented to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee at Holyrood demanding that the SWA is recognised as a member of the new scheme administration.
Citing the vital role that will be played by the wholesale channel within the proposed DRS, Smith is hoping for the SWA to be part of the board that currently includes only retailers, manufacturers and producers.
“In our view, board membership of the administrator should reflect the parts of the supply chain that are obligated under DRS,” Smith told the board. “Wholesalers are critical to the implementation and success of DRS in Scotland and that vital role should be reflected with a position on the administrator board for the Scottish Wholesale Association as the lead body for Scotland’s wholesaling industry.”
He also highlighted the fact that the wholesale association is the only pivotal part of the supply chain that is not compensated in any way under the current DRS proposals, either through a handling fee or as members of the administrator.
“Indeed, as the wheels of Scotland’s food and drink industry the wholesale channel will deliver DRS-obligated products to Scotland’s 4,972 independent retailers and 39,000 restaurants, pubs and clubs and can therefore play a hugely important role in helping to identify fraud,” he said.
“For the new DRS to work optimally in Scotland it must be as inclusive as possible and must take into account the interests and views of all of those in the wider supply chain who will be affected by the scheme. Wholesalers in particular will be fundamental to the success of the Scheme and this role should be recognised with formal SWA membership of the administrator.”