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March 5th, 2018

We’re looking for someone to work with us full time for two weeks in April, on an exciting project at Edinburgh Zoo.

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February 26th, 2018

Zero Waste Scotland have sent the first in a series of newsletters about their deposit return system design process. Interested stakeholders can find out here how to engage with them as they work towards answers to the detailed questions involved in designing the best system in the world!

January 11th, 2018

In a significant development, Tesco have now stated that they support a Deposit Return System.



January 1st, 2018

A summary of how APRS came to be involved in the international movement to support deposit return for drinks containers.

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December 22nd, 2017

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee say that people should pay a deposit for using plastic bottles in an attempt to protect the seas from the “devastating effects” of plastic pollution. This is an encouraging development which indicates that England may follow Scotland’s lead in the introduction of a deposit return system.


December 8th, 2017

For the first time, UK supermarkets Iceland and Co-op have announced their support for deposit return systems. They recognise the importance of taking responsibility in the struggle to reduce the amount of plastic pollution on or land and in our oceans.

Read the full story here.


November 21st, 2017

A recent article from the United Nations Environment Programme explains the benefits of deposit return systems. It highlights the fact that deposit-return systems are growing in popularity, and explains the many benefits of deposits, including higher collection rates and reduced litter, as well as the economic savings to municipalities from avoided collection, sorting, and disposal costs. The article also makes the point that deposits can work not only in wealthy countries, but in low-income countries too.

October 23rd, 2017

A new report published this month finds that local authorities across England could save up to £35 million every year if a deposit refund system (DRS) for drinks containers was introduced in England.

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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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