News & Updates


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. One of the difficulties […]

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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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A guest post by Green Tourism

April 9th, 2019

“Green Tourism whole-heartedly support a deposit return system, because it will help our members. It’s what they want, and it’s what they need. Our members are passionate about protecting the environment and our planet, so they’re excited when new things come along to help them.

We need a system that covers everything. Not just plastic, but tin cans and glass bottles too. I lived in Belgium for years, and they have a really simple, sleek system there. We’ve embraced the plastic bag charge here in Scotland. Deposit return should be a really simple system to adopt, and it will make a benefit.”


A guest post by University of Dundee

April 5th, 2019

The University of Dundee have had reverse vending machines for five years.

“Our students love them, especially at the end of term when everyone’s a bit skint! We’ve recycled hundreds of thousands of items through these machines. We would love to see glass included in Scotland’s deposit return system too.”


A guest post by Cornelius Beer & Wine

April 1st, 2019

In our next video, James from Cornelius Beer and Wine tells us:

“I see no problem with having a deposit return scheme in Scotland. After a couple of weeks, everyone will be in the swing of things and it’ll be fine. If everybody’s doing it, the burden will be shared amongst all retailers. I saw the system in Oslo and it runs really smoothly”.