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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“Cousland Village Hall Association is a charity which exists to promote the wellbeing of the villagers of Cousland and the surrounding area. One of the activities we organise to help meet this objective is our Spring Clean litter-pick. The big items like tyres and household furniture always catch the eye but our collecting bags are mainly filled by discarded food wrappers and containers and in particular, plastic and glass bottles. Deposit return systems are effective in many countries around the world in successfully reducing the littering of bottles and cans. All of us should have the opportunity to enjoy our towns, villages and countryside free from litter. We support this campaign to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland to help achieve that.”

Cousland Village Hall Association


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