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A guest post by Friends of the Earth Scotland

April 17th, 2019

Richard Dixon from Friends of the Earth Scotland tells us, ‘wasting lots of plastic, glass and aluminium is really bad for climate change because it takes lots of energy to create these materials and then we simply throw them away and they become a problem.

A huge boost in recycling for glass, plastic and aluminium will mean a large saving in energy, and that’s a large saving in climate change emissions.

Scotland tries to be a leading nation on climate change, and a deposit return system will help us to do that when it comes to our use of materials.”


A guest post by Shads Supermarket

April 17th, 2019

Today we hear from Ferhan Ashiq of Shads Supermarket LLP, on why he’s backing deposit return for Scotland. “Climate Change is a massive concern for me and I want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. I have a trial reverse vending machine in my shop, and at the moment I’m doing it to make the community more aware. Deposit return will benefit my business further down the line, when the national system is in place and the money for the deposits is coming back from the system operator”.


A guest post by Scottish Wild Land Group

April 15th, 2019

Glass, cans and plastic washes up on beaches in the Firth of Forth. That’s why Scottish Wild Land Group want a deposit return system that includes all materials.

“We can also see how a more circular economy would bring employment to Scotland as well as help us to conserve our resources. All effort adds up to a big change.”


A guest post by Burmieston

April 15th, 2019

“Having a deposit return system will completely transform how we operate on a daily basis at Burmieston Farm and Steading. It’s an opportunity for our business to make a little more cash, and to contribute to the circular economy.

We have large groups who come and stay, and they leave plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles. We have to sort it and take it to be recycled. It’d be great if we were making some money for doing that work.”


A guest post by CRNS

April 13th, 2019

Michael from Community Resources Network Scotland tells us: “We exist to see Scotland become a circular economy. Rather than goods ending up in landfill, we want to see them kept in use for as long as possible. We were one of the founding members of the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign. About 2 billion bottles and cans are consumed every year in Scotland and we want to see that resource being used in a valuable way.

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April 12th, 2019

We’re in a crucial period that will decide how ambitious Scotland’s deposit return system will be. We’re hopeful that the Government will commit to a well-designed, accessible and fair deposit return system. At a minimum, it should include glass, cans and all plastic drinks containers. We should also keep as much of the material in Scotland as possible so we create new jobs in recycling.

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A guest post by Mull and Iona Community Trust

April 11th, 2019

Hazel from Mull and Iona Community Trust tells us why deposit return will be good for their islands. “We run a variety of projects to stop things from the island going to landfill. One of the things we do is to run a collection service for cans and bottles. The deposit return system will be fantastic for Mull. We’re surrounded by beautiful places, but so often you see littered bottles and cans. Of course there are some challenges because we live on an island, but the system will probably help because people will be able to take their empties back to the place where they bought it from, rather than just putting it in the bin.”


A guest post by The Good Spirits Co.

April 10th, 2019

Shane from The Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow tells us why they’re looking forward to Scotland’s deposit return system. “We got quite a lot of good feedback from our customers when we asked them for their opinions on deposit return systems. It just seems like the logical thing to do in terms of being environmentally friendly, and it will have a slight commercial advantage because it will encourage people to come back to the shop. It’s hard to see any reason why not to support it.”


April 10th, 2019

“Littering is one of the biggest expenses that we, as a charity, have to spend our money on. Money that should go into caring for the woods themselves is actually being spent on cleaning up glass, plastic and other waste from our woods. Anything we can do to get that waste out of our woods […]

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A guest post by Green Tourism

April 9th, 2019

“Green Tourism whole-heartedly support a deposit return system, because it will help our members. It’s what they want, and it’s what they need. Our members are passionate about protecting the environment and our planet, so they’re excited when new things come along to help them.

We need a system that covers everything. Not just plastic, but tin cans and glass bottles too. I lived in Belgium for years, and they have a really simple, sleek system there. We’ve embraced the plastic bag charge here in Scotland. Deposit return should be a really simple system to adopt, and it will make a benefit.”


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