News & Updates


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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April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 International Deposit Return Briefing is available here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 Briefing for Small and Medium sized businesses is available here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 Local Authority Briefing is available here.


April 28th, 2016

Three of the five political parties sitting in the 2011-2016 Scottish Parliament have included in their manifestos pledges on deposit return. This is an encouraging sign that the public support for a Scottish deposit return system has been noted.

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March 23rd, 2016

The Marine’s Conservation Society’s annual beach clean report highlights the urgent need to reduce the amount of plastic bottles that make their way into the natural environment.

In 2014 MCS found 2,457 pieces of litter on every kilometre of beach cleaned – the highest amount since they began their annual September cleans. But in 2015 it got worse, with 3,298 items picked up per kilometre surveyed.

Download the full 2015 report here.

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