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August 18th, 2017

A summary of how APRS came to be involved in the international movement to support deposit return for drinks containers.

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June 30th, 2017

Detailed work on how a potential deposit return system might operate in Scotland has been commissioned by the Scottish Government.

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May 26th, 2017

In September 2016 the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreed to establish a sub group to consider the issue of deposit return systems in Scotland with a view to considering how the Committee might wish to incorporate work on this topic into its wider work programme.

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May 2nd, 2017

Seven Scottish brewers have joined the coalition of organisations calling for a deposit return system for drinks containers in Scotland. The list of supportive brewers includes Black Isle Brewery, Williams Bros Brewing Co, Barney’s Beer, Kelburn Brewing Company, Jaw Brew, Eyeball Brewing and Bellfield Brewery. A deposit return system would allow brewers to benefit from increased volumes of higher-quality recycled metal and glass becoming available for reuse.

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April 22nd, 2017

Support for deposit return systems grows, as City of Edinburgh SNP Councillors include a pledge in their local manifesto.

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April 11th, 2017

A Holyrood motion supporting the idea of a small refundable deposit on all drinks containers has been signed by 66 MSPs, including members from every party. The motion was lodged by Conservative MSP Maurice Corry and urges the Scottish Government to “make a prompt decision” on the matter.

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February 10th, 2017

Every day, millions of drinks cans and bottles are discarded, many ending up as litter in our countryside and in our seas. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our seas every year, killing marine life, threatening ecosystems and entering the food chain.

Deposit return means you pay a small deposit on every drinks can or bottle, which is refunded in full when you return your empty cans and bottles. More than a quarter of a billion people around the world use this system every day: it’s popular and it works, with many countries seeing 95% or more of their empty cans and bottles returned. This reduces litter, cuts costs for local councils, and boosts jobs in the circular economy.

Scotland was ahead of the curve on the plastic bag charge, and this is the obvious next step. With a deposit return system for Scotland we can not only help tackle our litter problem but also set a good example to the rest of the UK.

Sign our petition here.


February 8th, 2017

This week the Scottish Daily Mail launched their Banish the Bottle campaign to call for the introduction of a deposit return system in Scotland. We are delighted to have their support, and looking forward to reading more from this campaign over the coming days and weeks.

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February 3rd, 2017

John Humphrys discusses the success of the plastic bag charge, and explains here why he believes that the British people would embrace a deposit return system for drinks containers.


January 27th, 2017

Greenpeace have highlighted their concerns at the amount of rubbish that ends up in our oceans. In response to this concern, they conducted a poll showing that 78% of respondents in Scotland support the introduction of a deposit return system. While there is resistance from Coca-cola, the people of Scotland can show their support by signing this petition.

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