News & Updates

January 27th, 2017

This short video explains how eating seafood may now mean eating plastic!

January 27th, 2017

John Ryler, head of Sky News, was made aware of the scale of the ocean plastics problem by his son who is a marine biologist. You can read this story in full here.

January 26th, 2017

Sky News have this week launched a campaign that aims to inspire and encourage people to act now on the issue of marine litter. Their Ocean Rescue campaign began with the Plastic Tide documentary, that highlights the problem. They go on to show their support for deposit return systems and highlight celebrities such as Richard Branson and HRH, The Prince of Wales  who support their introduction in the United Kingdom.

This short video gives a great explanation of how deposit return systems work.

The campaign has already drawn widespread interest and highlighted active opposition to the introduction of a deposit return system from Coca-cola.

January 23rd, 2017

This article highlights a failure to meet recycling targets for plastic bottles. Current figures show less than 60% of plastic bottles are being recycled, despite government targets of 75%.

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January 23rd, 2017


October 11th, 2016

The Herald today published this great opinion piece from former Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP in support of a deposit return system for Scotland.

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August 4th, 2016

In August 2016, Dundee University became the first of Scotland’s universities to join “Have You Got The Bottle?,” a Scotland-wide campaign to introduce a deposit return system for single-use cans and bottles. Dundee University took part in a Zero Waste Scotland pilot project in 2013, and, due to its popularity with students and staff alike has kept its reverse vending machines in operation ever since (1).

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July 24th, 2016

Local Authorities in New Zealand are calling for the reintroduction of deposit return systems, as a way to shift the cost of recycling away from local authorities and rate payers, and onto producers and consumers.

July 22nd, 2016

Queensland’s Government has announced today that it will put in place a Container Deposit Scheme to reduce pollution caused by drink cans and bottles.

The recycling initiative will begin in 2018 and has been met with “considerable industry and community support”, according to the Minister for the Environment.

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June 14th, 2016

The Marine Conservation Society’s Sea Champion Andrea is a Swede living and studying in beautiful Scotland. Here she tells us about how the bottle deposit scheme back home is working.

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