Almost a year ago we went to Oslo with 5 Members of the Scottish Parliament, one from each Holyrood party, to look at the Norwegian deposit return system. It was a great trip and all five have taken a close interest in what Scotland’s deposit system will look like.
Once the Scottish Government announced the terms of Scotland’s ambitious deposit system in May of this year, we went back to the “Oslo Five” and asked them if they would make a short film for us with their views on it (the Ministerial announcement is here).
It’s fair to say we’re really happy with how all the wee films look, and we’re very grateful to Angus MacDonald, Finlay Carson, Claudia Beamish, Mark Ruskell and Liam McArthur for their time.
Here’s the very patient Angus MacDonald, Scottish National Party, who has been arguing for Scotland to have a deposit return system since 1985!
In his film, Finlay Carson from the Scottish Conservative Party talks about deposit return as one way the public want to do their bit to address climate change.
For her part, Scottish Labour’s Claudia Beamish discusses the role deposits can play in a just transition to a net zero economy.
One of Mark Ruskell of the Scottish Green Party’s priorities for deposit return is getting more out of our recycling system and aiming for a 90% return rate.
More broadly, Liam McArthur of the Scottish Liberal Democrats reflects on the way a deposit return system may be able to help bring more people on board with other environmental issues.
The next phase is the publication of the Scottish Government’s regulations, which we’re expecting next month, and then the Environment, Land Reform and Climate Change Committee will have their say. We expect the system to start early in 2021. We can’t wait! (we will have to wait)