News & Updates

A guest post by Calmac Ferries

March 28th, 2019

“CalMac Ferries operate in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and we’re supporting the deposit return scheme because of the potential impact it will have on our environment and reducing marine litter.

It’s something that we really support, and we can see the benefit of it for Scotland, for the west coast, and for us as a business.”

Ruth, CalMac’s Waste Manager tells us why they want a deposit return system that includes glass, metal and plastic.


A guest post by Spokes

March 27th, 2019

Mies from Spokes Cycling tells us how glass is a real problem for cyclists on the road.

“We want to see glass included in Scotland’s deposit return system, as it’s a real nuisance for cyclists on the road. You get punctures, obviously. And you have the get the glass out of your tyre which often means getting your hand cut. On the off road networks, there’s so much glass.

I was brought up in Holland and the system is really obvious”

A guest post by Ramblers Scotland

March 26th, 2019

Danny from Ramblers Scotland tells us why they want a deposit return system that includes glass, metal and plastic.

“Deposit return has the potential to really improve days out in Scotland. There’s absolutely nothing worse than being in a beautiful place, and coming across smashed bottles or discarded tins cans.

It won’t just make our days out nicer. It will also improve the Scottish economy and the health of our communities”.

A guest post by Akva

March 21st, 2019

“People love that we as a business are environmentally conscious. But it’s also about inspiring customers.

In Sweden we’ve had a deposit return system since 1984. It’s so widespread in Europe so I definitely think most people will just take to it.

I hope it starts in Scotland very soon!”

March 21st, 2019

We began our campaign for a deposit return system for bottles and cans in 2015, because our members were upset about the amount of litter in Scotland’s countryside and rural areas. We’ve seen first hand how effective deposit return systems are at reducing drinks-related litter in places like Norway, where they’ve had deposit return for many years.

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A guest post by Blair Drummond Safari Park

March 20th, 2019

Katie at Blair Drummond Safari Park tells us how Scotland’s deposit return system will benefit both their visitors and the charities they support.

A guest post by The University of Edinburgh

March 19th, 2019

A guest post by Family Shopper Blantyre

March 19th, 2019

Mo Razzaq, a retailer in Blantyre tells us why he and his customers love returning their empties!

A guest post by APRS

March 19th, 2019

Here at the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, we’ve been campaigning for a deposit return system since 2015. We were delighted when the First Minister announced in 2017 that we’ll get one in Scotland. However, a year and half later we’re still waiting to hear details of that system, and for every day that passes more than 100,000 bottles and cans are littered in Scotland alone!

January 23rd, 2019

The Scottish Government are expected to announce their final decision on the design of Scotland’s deposit return system early in 2019. Which materials should an ambitious, world leading system include? The main arguments from parts of the drinks and retail industries seeking to be exempted or to limit their costs are around glass, larger plastic bottles, HDPE (the plastic used for milk bottles, amongst other things), and TetraPak cartons. We support an inclusive system that covers all materials used for drinks containers, including glass, metal and plastic.

Read our full Materials Briefing here.

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