News & Updates


November 29th, 2018

Our partners at the Marine Conservation Society have just released the results from their 2018 Great British Beach Clean. It’s a record year for them, with double the number of volunteers joining in compared to last year’s event! They also recorded an average of 16 drinks containers (plastic, glass and metal) for every stretch of beach surveyed. This is further evidence for the importance of a deposit return system that includes all types of drinks containers, and why we’re so glad that the Scottish Government have ambitious plans.


November 21st, 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published new data on the types and sizes of drinks containers found littered in England.  A team of volunteers from across the country found more than 11,000 bottles and cans of all shapes and sizes. Of these, 34% were plastic, 50% aluminium, and 15% glass.  This highlights the need for a comprehensive deposit return system that includes all sizes of drinks containers made from all materials.

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November 12th, 2018

Together with industry organisations and charities from across Europe, we made a joint requests that the European Council support minimum recycled content mandates in beverage bottles. Specifically, we want to see a binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025, as part of the European Union’s proposed single-use plastic directive.

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November 8th, 2018

We were invited to visit Mossneuk Primary School by Mrs Kelly, whose Primary 6 class are learning about ways to tackle plastic pollution and the role of the Scottish Government. Together with our partners from the Marine Conservation Society and Excel Vending, we showed the pupils how citizen science can lead to policy change, and […]

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September 20th, 2018

With one week remaining for members of the public to have their say on how Scotland’s deposit return system for drinks containers should be designed, today we handed one thousand pledge postcards in to the Scottish Government. Since the public consultation opened in June, we’ve been asking members of the public what kind of system they want to see, and how much they think the deposit should be for every bottle and can purchased. We’ve gathered opinions at events across rural and urban Scotland, and public support for a deposit return system is overwhelmingly positive.

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September 19th, 2018

During the summer, we traveled around Scotland asking members of the public for their views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on how to design the best deposit return system. We visited the highlands, islands, cities, beaches, rural areas and even a shopping centre! Public support for a deposit return system was overwhelmingly positive everywhere we went!

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August 30th, 2018

As the Scottish Government call for people’s views on what would make the best deposit return system for Scotland, we took a group of MSPs to Oslo to find out how the Norwegian system works. We were joined by Finlay Carson, Scottish Conservatives; Claudia Beamish, Scottish Labour; Liam McArthur, Scottish Liberal Democrats; Angus MacDonald, Scottish National Party and Mark Ruskell, Scottish Greens. During our time in Oslo, we visited the collection and sorting centre as well as city centre shops, both small and large, to trial returning bottles and cans for ourselves. 

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August 30th, 2018

Many of us have fond memories of taking back our juice bottles to the local shop as kids. It was fun to get some change to spend and the hunt for bottles I’m sure woke many up to the idea of running a business for the first time. Later as a student, I helped run a can recycling scheme on campus. It was dirty work emptying the bins and crushing the cans, but we made a tidy sum for charities and were amazed at the volumes coming in.

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August 30th, 2018

One million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. That means that in just over five minutes, enough bottles will have been bought around the world for every person in Scotland to have one.

Once those bottles have been used, most will be chucked into a waste disposal system that just cannot cope.  We can and must do better, for the sake of our environment but also for the economic benefits it can bring too.

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A guest post by MCS

April 17th, 2018

Together with the Marine Conservation Society, we brought eight pupils from Our Lady’s Primary to the Scottish Parliament to talk to decision-makers about the Wild Bottle Sighting initiative. Reporting #wildbotlesightings is, a campaign that maps littered plastic bottles to highlight the need for a UK-wide Deposit Return System.

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