News & Updates


June 14th, 2019

Here at Have You Got The Bottle? we’re fighting for Scotland’s nature. We know about the negative impacts that litter has on wildlife; from insects and small mammals getting stuck inside bottles, to seabirds and creatures feeding plastic to their young. Evidence suggests that more than 140,000 bottles and cans are littered in Scotland every single day. That’s why we’re delighted that the Scottish Government have committed to introducing a deposit return system for most PET plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans, and glass bottles before the end of this parliamentary session.

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June 3rd, 2019

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced the details of Scotland’s deposit return system. The system will include PET plastic bottles (for example fizzy drinks and water bottles), glass bottles and steel/aluminium drinks cans. All drinks that come in those container types will be included, both soft drinks […]

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May 8th, 2019

Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system. Ministers have confirmed that glass, cans and some plastic containers will be covered, but other plastics and materials such as tetrapaks and pouches are not to be included initially. The deposit will be set at 20p for all containers, and retailers of all sizes will be paid by the system to accept returns.

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A guest post by Whitmuir Farm

April 20th, 2019

8 years ago, Whitmuir the Organic Place worked with the Scottish Government to run a deposit return pilot.”Our customers were really supportive of it. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to this point. The Government really needs to make this happen soon, because it’ll be a really popular intervention.”

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A guest post by Leithers Don’t Litter

April 19th, 2019

Zsuzsa and Gerry from Leithers Don’t Litter tell us:

“The number of cans, bottles and single use drinks containers we find in the street is incredible! And it gives the lie to industry’s claim that it’s all being well recycled. Well, it’s clearly not. They say that kerbside recycling is working well. If it works so well, why do we keep finding so many bottles lying around? In a two minute litter pick in Leith, we found 30 cans and glass bottles. We need a system where people will actively want to return their empties, so it just becomes a routine part of life.

We really want to encourage the Government to have a world leading system that includes all single-use drinks containers.”


A guest post by Shads Supermarket

April 17th, 2019

Today we hear from Ferhan Ashiq of Shads Supermarket LLP, on why he’s backing deposit return for Scotland. “Climate Change is a massive concern for me and I want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. I have a trial reverse vending machine in my shop, and at the moment I’m doing it to make the community more aware. Deposit return will benefit my business further down the line, when the national system is in place and the money for the deposits is coming back from the system operator”.


A guest post by Burmieston

April 15th, 2019

“Having a deposit return system will completely transform how we operate on a daily basis at Burmieston Farm and Steading. It’s an opportunity for our business to make a little more cash, and to contribute to the circular economy.

We have large groups who come and stay, and they leave plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles. We have to sort it and take it to be recycled. It’d be great if we were making some money for doing that work.”


A guest post by CRNS

April 13th, 2019

Michael from Community Resources Network Scotland tells us: “We exist to see Scotland become a circular economy. Rather than goods ending up in landfill, we want to see them kept in use for as long as possible. We were one of the founding members of the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign. About 2 billion bottles and cans are consumed every year in Scotland and we want to see that resource being used in a valuable way.

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April 12th, 2019

We’re in a crucial period that will decide how ambitious Scotland’s deposit return system will be. We’re hopeful that the Government will commit to a well-designed, accessible and fair deposit return system. At a minimum, it should include glass, cans and all plastic drinks containers. We should also keep as much of the material in Scotland as possible so we create new jobs in recycling.

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April 10th, 2019

“Littering is one of the biggest expenses that we, as a charity, have to spend our money on. Money that should go into caring for the woods themselves is actually being spent on cleaning up glass, plastic and other waste from our woods. Anything we can do to get that waste out of our woods […]

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