News & Updates


October 11th, 2016

The Herald today published this great opinion piece from former Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP in support of a deposit return system for Scotland.

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August 4th, 2016

In August 2016, Dundee University became the first of Scotland’s universities to join “Have You Got The Bottle?,” a Scotland-wide campaign to introduce a deposit return system for single-use cans and bottles. Dundee University took part in a Zero Waste Scotland pilot project in 2013, and, due to its popularity with students and staff alike has kept its reverse vending machines in operation ever since (1).

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July 24th, 2016

Local Authorities in New Zealand are calling for the reintroduction of deposit return systems, as a way to shift the cost of recycling away from local authorities and rate payers, and onto producers and consumers.


July 22nd, 2016

Queensland’s Government has announced today that it will put in place a Container Deposit Scheme to reduce pollution caused by drink cans and bottles.

The recycling initiative will begin in 2018 and has been met with “considerable industry and community support”, according to the Minister for the Environment.

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June 14th, 2016

The Marine Conservation Society’s Sea Champion Andrea is a Swede living and studying in beautiful Scotland. Here she tells us about how the bottle deposit scheme back home is working.


May 23rd, 2016

‘Have You Got The Bottle?’ HQ were recently cheered by a few pieces of news coming out of Australia.

The first is that New South Wales, Australia is set to roll out a deposit return system from July 2017.

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May 23rd, 2016

Alasdair Steele, who represents Surfers Against Sewage in Edinburgh traveled to Norway to find out more about deposit return systems for bottles. Here he explains how all of his questions were answered, and he left Oslo with the conclusion that “deposit return systems definitely work, and there is really no reason not to have them”.

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May 16th, 2016

Ilona Amos explains how some shocking facts about marine litter inspired her to take on the challenge of giving up single use plastics for a month. Read about her attempts here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2015 briefing note is available here.


April 29th, 2016

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) strongly supports the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) in Scotland. Litter surveys show that drinks containers can make up to 14% of litter on Scottish beaches and over 20% on land.

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