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A guest post by Eco-Congregation Scotland

April 25th, 2017

At 8.30pm on 24th March, Christians in Selkirk gathered by candlelight in the Parish Church Hall to celebrate Earth Hour, with music, songs, prayers, poems and lighting candles to express concern for the earth.

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April 22nd, 2017

Support for deposit return systems grows, as City of Edinburgh SNP Councillors include a pledge in their local manifesto.

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April 11th, 2017

A Holyrood motion supporting the idea of a small refundable deposit on all drinks containers has been signed by 66 MSPs, including members from every party. The motion was lodged by Conservative MSP Maurice Corry and urges the Scottish Government to “make a prompt decision” on the matter.

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A guest post by MCS

February 28th, 2017

‘Yes we do!’ At MCS we are extremely proud to be part of this amazing campaign and have loved all the opportunities we have been given to aid its ongoing success. This blog post highlights some of our favourite contributions to the campaign so far and we look forward to what we all might get up to this year!

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February 23rd, 2017

Coca Cola have today announced their support for a deposit return system for cans and bottles in Scotland, stating in Holyrood Magazine [1] that “the time is right to trial new interventions such as a well-designed deposit scheme for drinks containers, starting in Scotland where conversations are underway”. This is an unprecedented move from the world’s largest manufacturer of soft drinks, which has historically opposed deposit systems around the world prior to their introduction.

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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

In 2015, Zero Waste Scotland commissioned this research into the feasibility of a deposit return system in Scotland.


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.

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