News & Updates

March 21st, 2018

Since the First Minister announced in September 2017 that there would be a Scottish deposit return system for empty drinks containers, Zero Waste Scotland have been working on the design for that system.

We’ve been running our campaign for deposit return since 2015, and have continued to take part in discussions since the decision was taken. With that in mind, we have worked with our partner organisations to draw up a series of proposals for what that Scottish system might look like, and you can read it here.

March 5th, 2018

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February 26th, 2018

Zero Waste Scotland have sent the first in a series of newsletters about their deposit return system design process. Interested stakeholders can find out here how to engage with them as they work towards answers to the detailed questions involved in designing the best system in the world!

February 26th, 2018

Norway’s deposit return system has one of the highest collection rates in the world, and there are many parts of it that we’d like to see featured in the Scottish system design. These articles help to explain why.

Watch this BBC video on Norway’s deposit return system.

Read Tracy Sutton’s views on why Norway are doing it right!

February 26th, 2018

A great article from The Times, explaining why it makes sense for Michael Gove to introduce a deposit return system in England.  

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January 11th, 2018

In a significant development, Tesco have now stated that they support a Deposit Return System.



January 1st, 2018

A summary of how APRS came to be involved in the international movement to support deposit return for drinks containers.

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December 22nd, 2017

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee say that people should pay a deposit for using plastic bottles in an attempt to protect the seas from the “devastating effects” of plastic pollution. This is an encouraging development which indicates that England may follow Scotland’s lead in the introduction of a deposit return system.


December 8th, 2017

For the first time, UK supermarkets Iceland and Co-op have announced their support for deposit return systems. They recognise the importance of taking responsibility in the struggle to reduce the amount of plastic pollution on or land and in our oceans.

Read the full story here.


November 21st, 2017

A recent article from the United Nations Environment Programme explains the benefits of deposit return systems. It highlights the fact that deposit-return systems are growing in popularity, and explains the many benefits of deposits, including higher collection rates and reduced litter, as well as the economic savings to municipalities from avoided collection, sorting, and disposal costs. The article also makes the point that deposits can work not only in wealthy countries, but in low-income countries too.

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