News & Updates

May 23rd, 2016

Alasdair Steele, who represents Surfers Against Sewage in Edinburgh traveled to Norway to find out more about deposit return systems for bottles. Here he explains how all of his questions were answered, and he left Oslo with the conclusion that “deposit return systems definitely work, and there is really no reason not to have them”.

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May 16th, 2016

Ilona Amos explains how some shocking facts about marine litter inspired her to take on the challenge of giving up single use plastics for a month. Read about her attempts here.

April 28th, 2016

Three of the five political parties sitting in the 2011-2016 Scottish Parliament have included in their manifestos pledges on deposit return. This is an encouraging sign that the public support for a Scottish deposit return system has been noted.

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March 11th, 2016

A motion to back proposals to introduce a deposit scheme for single-use drinks containers in Scotland was tabled by Paul Johnston, a member of the Democratic Independent and Green Group on Aberdeenshire Council. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the proposals, signalling a great move forward for the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign. Read the full story here.


March 10th, 2016

A waste campaigning councillor is asking Aberdeenshire Council to press the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the environment to support the principle of a deposit return system four single use drinks containers. Paul Johnston, a leading councillor from the Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG) on Aberdeenshire Council has tabled a notice of motion for the council meeting on Thursday 10th March.

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March 4th, 2016

The Lithuania Brewers Association and Lithuanian Retail Association have led introduction of deposit return there. One month in, they reflect on it as a good move for business and urge Scotland to join them as a deposit return country.

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February 18th, 2016

John Mayhew, APRS director, writes about a visit by the Have You Got The Bottle? team to Oslo to research how deposit return systems work so effectively to promote recycling and reduce litter.

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February 18th, 2016

John Mayhew, APRS director, discusses how a deposit return system is in line with Scotland’s Climate Change Act, 2009, and how it would contribute to a clean, modern, progressive Scotland.

February 17th, 2016

The Edinburgh Evening News today gave a straightforward explanation of why it makes sense for the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland, despite reluctance from the drinks industry. As Gerry Farrell highlights, the current 5p levy on plastic bags was initially unpopular within the retail and packaging industry. However, an 80% reduction in the use of disposable plastic bags is an undeniable success that is likely to be mirrored by the introduction of a deposit return system for drinks containers.

September 27th, 2015

A new campaign backing a deposit return system for cans and both plastic and glass bottles, to be called “Have You Got The Bottle?”, has been launched at Changeworks in Edinburgh. The campaign is led by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS), with the support of six founding partners: Marine Conservation Society, the Community Resources Network Scotland, WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Spokes, and Surfers Against Sewage.

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