The Scottish Parliament has set some tough climate change emissions reduction targets, but they keep being missed, year after year. It’s time to do better. However green-minded you are, it’s hard to make a big difference by yourself: what matters is what we all do together. And a deposit return system will help us all do our bit to cut Scotland’s emissions.

Every time plastic is reused for packaging it means less oil is being used for raw material, reducing the pressure to explore for and extract every last drop. More directly, it means less energy is used in manufacturing new packaging materials. The emissions savings from recycling rather than manufacturing from new each time can be up to 60%, which could make a substantial difference, and recycling cans uses about 95% less energy.

A deposit return system is obviously not enough on its own to turn around Scotland’s emissions levels. We believe it’s time for Scottish Ministers to start adopting every “easy win” out there, though, and that has to include a modern deposit return system. We already know how effective this approach has proved in other countries, and there’s no reason we couldn’t see the same benefits here in Scotland.

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“Black Isle Brewery is Scotland’s only organic brewery, with the widest range of organic beers in the UK. We know from elsewhere in the world that deposit return systems for bottles work well both for producers and for customers, and those systems support collection either for recycling or reuse. We have bottled beer since we started and support the idea of re-using bottles as is done today all over Europe: a generic bottle for reuse would allow for regional collection and distribution that would be more environmentally efficient and cost effective.”

Black Isle Brewery


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