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February 10th, 2017

Every day, millions of drinks cans and bottles are discarded, many ending up as litter in our countryside and in our seas. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our seas every year, killing marine life, threatening ecosystems and entering the food chain.

Deposit return means you pay a small deposit on every drinks can or bottle, which is refunded in full when you return your empty cans and bottles. More than a quarter of a billion people around the world use this system every day: it’s popular and it works, with many countries seeing 95% or more of their empty cans and bottles returned. This reduces litter, cuts costs for local councils, and boosts jobs in the circular economy.

Scotland was ahead of the curve on the plastic bag charge, and this is the obvious next step. With a deposit return system for Scotland we can not only help tackle our litter problem but also set a good example to the rest of the UK.

Sign our petition here.

February 8th, 2017

This week the Scottish Daily Mail launched their Banish the Bottle campaign to call for the introduction of a deposit return system in Scotland. We are delighted to have their support, and looking forward to reading more from this campaign over the coming days and weeks.

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February 3rd, 2017

John Humphrys discusses the success of the plastic bag charge, and explains here why he believes that the British people would embrace a deposit return system for drinks containers.

January 27th, 2017

Greenpeace have highlighted their concerns at the amount of rubbish that ends up in our oceans. In response to this concern, they conducted a poll showing that 78% of respondents in Scotland support the introduction of a deposit return system. While there is resistance from Coca-cola, the people of Scotland can show their support by signing this petition.

January 27th, 2017

The Daily Mail have highlighted the estimation that in the United Kingdom, 15 million bottles a day are thrown away after only one use. They support the introduction of a deposit return system, and highlight continuing public support from a wide variety of people, including HRH The Prince of Wales.

January 27th, 2017

This short video explains how eating seafood may now mean eating plastic!

January 27th, 2017

John Ryler, head of Sky News, was made aware of the scale of the ocean plastics problem by his son who is a marine biologist. You can read this story in full here.

January 26th, 2017

Sky News have this week launched a campaign that aims to inspire and encourage people to act now on the issue of marine litter. Their Ocean Rescue campaign began with the Plastic Tide documentary, that highlights the problem. They go on to show their support for deposit return systems and highlight celebrities such as Richard Branson and HRH, The Prince of Wales  who support their introduction in the United Kingdom.

This short video gives a great explanation of how deposit return systems work.

The campaign has already drawn widespread interest and highlighted active opposition to the introduction of a deposit return system from Coca-cola.

October 11th, 2016

The Herald today published this great opinion piece from former Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP in support of a deposit return system for Scotland.

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June 14th, 2016

The Marine Conservation Society’s Sea Champion Andrea is a Swede living and studying in beautiful Scotland. Here she tells us about how the bottle deposit scheme back home is working.

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