News & Updates


September 20th, 2018

With one week remaining for members of the public to have their say on how Scotland’s deposit return system for drinks containers should be designed, today we handed one thousand pledge postcards in to the Scottish Government. Since the public consultation opened in June, we’ve been asking members of the public what kind of system they want to see, and how much they think the deposit should be for every bottle and can purchased. We’ve gathered opinions at events across rural and urban Scotland, and public support for a deposit return system is overwhelmingly positive.

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September 19th, 2018

During the summer, we traveled around Scotland asking members of the public for their views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on how to design the best deposit return system. We visited the highlands, islands, cities, beaches, rural areas and even a shopping centre! Public support for a deposit return system was overwhelmingly positive everywhere we went!

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August 30th, 2018

As the Scottish Government call for people’s views on what would make the best deposit return system for Scotland, we took a group of MSPs to Oslo to find out how the Norwegian system works. We were joined by Finlay Carson, Scottish Conservatives; Claudia Beamish, Scottish Labour; Liam McArthur, Scottish Liberal Democrats; Angus MacDonald, Scottish National Party and Mark Ruskell, Scottish Greens. During our time in Oslo, we visited the collection and sorting centre as well as city centre shops, both small and large, to trial returning bottles and cans for ourselves. 

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August 30th, 2018

Many of us have fond memories of taking back our juice bottles to the local shop as kids. It was fun to get some change to spend and the hunt for bottles I’m sure woke many up to the idea of running a business for the first time. Later as a student, I helped run a can recycling scheme on campus. It was dirty work emptying the bins and crushing the cans, but we made a tidy sum for charities and were amazed at the volumes coming in.

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August 30th, 2018

One million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. That means that in just over five minutes, enough bottles will have been bought around the world for every person in Scotland to have one.

Once those bottles have been used, most will be chucked into a waste disposal system that just cannot cope.  We can and must do better, for the sake of our environment but also for the economic benefits it can bring too.

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A guest post by MCS

April 17th, 2018

Together with the Marine Conservation Society, we brought eight pupils from Our Lady’s Primary to the Scottish Parliament to talk to decision-makers about the Wild Bottle Sighting initiative. Reporting #wildbotlesightings is, a campaign that maps littered plastic bottles to highlight the need for a UK-wide Deposit Return System.

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April 17th, 2018

While we continue to celebrate the Scottish Government’s 2017 decision to introduce a deposit return system and make contributions to the design process, we are also thinking about the next steps for tackling plastic waste. This article by James Mackenzie, our Political and Media Consultant, discusses some of these ideas.


March 30th, 2018

During this campaign we’ve learned about the various features of different deposit return systems, and developed our understanding of why some are more effective than others. We want Scotland’s system to have all the best features, as well as representing the interests of all of the organisations in our coalition. We therefore wrote our own system design document which clearly details our priorities. This document promotes a system that is: run by a single not-for-profit operator; applies to glass, metal and plastic drinks containers and lids; has a deposit amount that is enough to be effective (between 10p and 20p); is easily extended to other parts of the UK; and gives consumers the opportunity to donate their deposit to charity if they wish to do so when returning a container for recycling.

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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

We’re looking for someone to work with us full time for two weeks in April, on an exciting project at Edinburgh Zoo.

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