News & Updates


November 20th, 2019

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced that Scotland will have a deposit return system for all bottles and cans made from PET plastic, metal, and glass. There will be a 20 pence deposit on each of these items, and customers will get their money back when they return their empty to any shop that sells drinks. The Scottish Government intend the system to start in April 2021.

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A guest post by Excel Vending

September 9th, 2019

“Two and a half years ago we were watching Chris Packham on TV and the river Clyde was actually featured, with people collecting bottles and cans. We saw some Barr’s Irn-Bru bottles bobbing up and down, and we thought to ourselves – that potentially could have come from one of our vending machines so therefore we are part of the problem. Let’s become part of the solution.

Having a deposit return system will allow us to deal with materials properly.”

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August 19th, 2019

We’ve created a information sheet that gives answers to some commonly asked questions about Scotland’s upcoming deposit return system. You can download the document here.

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July 12th, 2019

Almost a year ago we went to Oslo with 5 Members of the Scottish Parliament, one from each Holyrood party, to look at the Norwegian deposit return system. It was a great trip and all five have taken a close interest in what Scotland’s deposit system will look like.

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June 14th, 2019

Here at Have You Got The Bottle? we’re fighting for Scotland’s nature. We know about the negative impacts that litter has on wildlife; from insects and small mammals getting stuck inside bottles, to seabirds and creatures feeding plastic to their young. Evidence suggests that more than 140,000 bottles and cans are littered in Scotland every single day. That’s why we’re delighted that the Scottish Government have committed to introducing a deposit return system for most PET plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans, and glass bottles before the end of this parliamentary session.

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June 3rd, 2019

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced the details of Scotland’s deposit return system. The system will include PET plastic bottles (for example fizzy drinks and water bottles), glass bottles and steel/aluminium drinks cans. All drinks that come in those container types will be included, both soft drinks […]

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May 8th, 2019

Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system. Ministers have confirmed that glass, cans and some plastic containers will be covered, but other plastics and materials such as tetrapaks and pouches are not to be included initially. The deposit will be set at 20p for all containers, and retailers of all sizes will be paid by the system to accept returns.

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A guest post by MCS

April 22nd, 2019

Catherine from the Marine Conservation Society tells us:

“As well as cleaning beaches, we also survey what we find. This means we know exactly what type of litter, and how each of each item is turning up. We’ve been doing this for twenty six years, so we have a quarter of a century’s worth of data that we can use to push for policy change. We want policies that will stop litter from getting to the beach in the first place.

The Marine Conservation Society has been a huge supporter of a deposit return system for Scotland. We were founding members of the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign because over the last twenty five years, our members have been finding bottles, both glass and plastic, as well as metal drinks cans. After doing a bit of research, and visiting countries that have these systems in place, we’ve seen how successful they are at increasing recycling rates, so that less is getting littered and ending up in our oceans and on our beaches.

Support from our volunteers is phenomenal, and it just shows the passion people have to get rid of these items and why we’re really excited that Scotland’s deposit return system will hopefully mean these volunteers see less glass, plastic and cans in the places that they really care about.”


A guest post by Whitmuir Farm

April 20th, 2019

8 years ago, Whitmuir the Organic Place worked with the Scottish Government to run a deposit return pilot.”Our customers were really supportive of it. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to this point. The Government really needs to make this happen soon, because it’ll be a really popular intervention.”

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A guest post by Leithers Don’t Litter

April 19th, 2019

Zsuzsa and Gerry from Leithers Don’t Litter tell us:

“The number of cans, bottles and single use drinks containers we find in the street is incredible! And it gives the lie to industry’s claim that it’s all being well recycled. Well, it’s clearly not. They say that kerbside recycling is working well. If it works so well, why do we keep finding so many bottles lying around? In a two minute litter pick in Leith, we found 30 cans and glass bottles. We need a system where people will actively want to return their empties, so it just becomes a routine part of life.

We really want to encourage the Government to have a world leading system that includes all single-use drinks containers.”


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