News & Updates


March 21st, 2019

We began our campaign for a deposit return system for bottles and cans in 2015, because our members were upset about the amount of litter in Scotland’s countryside and rural areas. We’ve seen first hand how effective deposit return systems are at reducing drinks-related litter in places like Norway, where they’ve had deposit return for many years.

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A guest post by Blair Drummond Safari Park

March 20th, 2019

Katie at Blair Drummond Safari Park tells us how Scotland’s deposit return system will benefit both their visitors and the charities they support.


A guest post by The University of Edinburgh

March 19th, 2019


A guest post by Family Shopper Blantyre

March 19th, 2019

Mo Razzaq, a retailer in Blantyre tells us why he and his customers love returning their empties!


A guest post by APRS

March 19th, 2019

Here at the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, we’ve been campaigning for a deposit return system since 2015. We were delighted when the First Minister announced in 2017 that we’ll get one in Scotland. However, a year and half later we’re still waiting to hear details of that system, and for every day that passes more than 100,000 bottles and cans are littered in Scotland alone!


January 23rd, 2019

The Scottish Government are expected to announce their final decision on the design of Scotland’s deposit return system early in 2019. Which materials should an ambitious, world leading system include? The main arguments from parts of the drinks and retail industries seeking to be exempted or to limit their costs are around glass, larger plastic bottles, HDPE (the plastic used for milk bottles, amongst other things), and TetraPak cartons. We support an inclusive system that covers all materials used for drinks containers, including glass, metal and plastic.

Read our full Materials Briefing here.


November 29th, 2018

Our partners at the Marine Conservation Society have just released the results from their 2018 Great British Beach Clean. It’s a record year for them, with double the number of volunteers joining in compared to last year’s event! They also recorded an average of 16 drinks containers (plastic, glass and metal) for every stretch of beach surveyed. This is further evidence for the importance of a deposit return system that includes all types of drinks containers, and why we’re so glad that the Scottish Government have ambitious plans.


November 21st, 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published new data on the types and sizes of drinks containers found littered in England.  A team of volunteers from across the country found more than 11,000 bottles and cans of all shapes and sizes. Of these, 34% were plastic, 50% aluminium, and 15% glass.  This highlights the need for a comprehensive deposit return system that includes all sizes of drinks containers made from all materials.

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November 12th, 2018

Together with industry organisations and charities from across Europe, we made a joint requests that the European Council support minimum recycled content mandates in beverage bottles. Specifically, we want to see a binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025, as part of the European Union’s proposed single-use plastic directive.

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November 8th, 2018

We were invited to visit Mossneuk Primary School by Mrs Kelly, whose Primary 6 class are learning about ways to tackle plastic pollution and the role of the Scottish Government. Together with our partners from the Marine Conservation Society and Excel Vending, we showed the pupils how citizen science can lead to policy change, and […]

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