Scottish businesses, charities, social enterprises and local government have lined up to welcome the First Minister’s announcement during today’s Programme for Government speech that Scottish Ministers will introduce a deposit return system for Scotland.Read our full press release here
How would it work in practice? Easy. You pay a small deposit when you buy cans and bottles, and get it back when you return them.Find out more about deposit return
And could it work here? Of course. Deposit return works reliably around the world, and there's no reason Scotland can't be next.Read the international evidence
If we want to reduce litter and clean up Scotland, nothing else comes even close.
Less litter for Scottish councils to pick up means cost savings for local taxpayers.
When people get money back for recycling, it changes attitudes and changes behaviour.
Collecting empty packaging more efficiently provides better materials for industry.
There will be more good quality jobs in manufacturing as well as in recycling.
Litter and landfill aren't just wasteful, they're bad for the planet.
The Marine Conservation Society have today published a poll showing that 3 out of 4 people support the introduction of a deposit return system that includes plastic bottles. This news comes on the same day that Surfers Against Sewage present their pro-deposit return petition to MPs at Westminster. The petition includes nearly 250,000 signatures – a clear sign that people across the UK are ready for positive change!
Nicola Sturgeon’s deposit return announcement in this year’s Programme for Government generated a lot of media coverage and excitement. You can read a sample of some of this coverage by clicking on the links below.Read on >