News & Updates


A guest post by Excel Vending

September 9th, 2019

“Two and a half years ago we were watching Chris Packham on TV and the river Clyde was actually featured, with people collecting bottles and cans. We saw some Barr’s Irn-Bru bottles bobbing up and down, and we thought to ourselves – that potentially could have come from one of our vending machines so therefore we are part of the problem. Let’s become part of the solution.

Having a deposit return system will allow us to deal with materials properly.”

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August 19th, 2019

We’ve created a information sheet that gives answers to some commonly asked questions about Scotland’s upcoming deposit return system. You can download the document here.

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July 12th, 2019

Almost a year ago we went to Oslo with 5 Members of the Scottish Parliament, one from each Holyrood party, to look at the Norwegian deposit return system. It was a great trip and all five have taken a close interest in what Scotland’s deposit system will look like.

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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.”


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