News & Updates

April 17th, 2018

While we continue to celebrate the Scottish Government’s 2017 decision to introduce a deposit return system and make contributions to the design process, we are also thinking about the next steps for tackling plastic waste. This article by James Mackenzie, our Political and Media Consultant, discusses some of these ideas.

March 30th, 2018

During this campaign we’ve learned about the various features of different deposit return systems, and developed our understanding of why some are more effective than others. We want Scotland’s system to have all the best features, as well as representing the interests of all of the organisations in our coalition. We therefore wrote our own system design document which clearly details our priorities. This document promotes a system that is: run by a single not-for-profit operator; applies to glass, metal and plastic drinks containers and lids; has a deposit amount that is enough to be effective (between 10p and 20p); is easily extended to other parts of the UK; and gives consumers the opportunity to donate their deposit to charity if they wish to do so when returning a container for recycling.

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March 21st, 2018

Since the First Minister announced in September 2017 that there would be a Scottish deposit return system for empty drinks containers, Zero Waste Scotland have been working on the design for that system.

We’ve been running our campaign for deposit return since 2015, and have continued to take part in discussions since the decision was taken. With that in mind, we have worked with our partner organisations to draw up a series of proposals for what that Scottish system might look like, and you can read it here.

March 5th, 2018

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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.

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