News & Updates


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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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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