News & Updates

December 8th, 2017

For the first time, UK supermarkets Iceland and Co-op have announced their support for deposit return systems. They recognise the importance of taking responsibility in the struggle to reduce the amount of plastic pollution on or land and in our oceans.

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November 21st, 2017

A recent article from the United Nations Environment Programme explains the benefits of deposit return systems. It highlights the fact that deposit-return systems are growing in popularity, and explains the many benefits of deposits, including higher collection rates and reduced litter, as well as the economic savings to municipalities from avoided collection, sorting, and disposal costs. The article also makes the point that deposits can work not only in wealthy countries, but in low-income countries too.

October 23rd, 2017

A new report published this month finds that local authorities across England could save up to £35 million every year if a deposit refund system (DRS) for drinks containers was introduced in England.

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September 13th, 2017

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!

September 13th, 2017

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.

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September 5th, 2017

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.

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August 30th, 2017

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland recently submitted this extensive briefing on deposit return systems to the Scottish Parliament.

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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