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March 4th, 2016

In March 2016, a month after Lithuania became the latest country to adopt deposit return for single-use cans and bottles in order to reduce litter, cut local government costs, boost recycling, and tackle climate change, those involved with the Lithuanian system urged Scotland to launch a deposit return system too.

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February 18th, 2016

John Mayhew, APRS director, writes about a visit by the Have You Got The Bottle? team to Oslo to research how deposit return systems work so effectively to promote recycling and reduce litter.

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February 18th, 2016

John Mayhew, APRS director, discusses how a deposit return system is in line with Scotland’s Climate Change Act, 2009, and how it would contribute to a clean, modern, progressive Scotland.


February 17th, 2016

The Edinburgh Evening News today gave a straightforward explanation of why it makes sense for the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland, despite reluctance from the drinks industry. As Gerry Farrell highlights, the current 5p levy on plastic bags was initially unpopular within the retail and packaging industry. However, an 80% reduction in the use of disposable plastic bags is an undeniable success that is likely to be mirrored by the introduction of a deposit return system for drinks containers.


January 4th, 2016

In September 2010 CPRE published a report called Have We Got The Bottle? (sound familiar?) on the implementation of a UK-wide deposit return system. The full report is available here.

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September 27th, 2015

A new campaign backing a deposit return system for cans and both plastic and glass bottles, to be called “Have You Got The Bottle?”, has been launched at Changeworks in Edinburgh. The campaign is led by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS), with the support of six founding partners: Marine Conservation Society, the Community Resources Network Scotland, WWF Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Spokes, and Surfers Against Sewage.

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July 19th, 2015

The Sunday Herald today reported criticism of Keep Scotland Beautiful for opposing a deposit return scheme for Scotland after having received funding from Tesco and Coca-Cola.

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June 29th, 2015

The Scottish Government’s interest in a possible deposit return system has caught the attention of the Northern Ireland Executive.

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May 23rd, 2015

A Survation poll showed almost four-to-one support for a deposit return system in Scotland, in a major boost to the campaign. Click here to read the full poll.

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