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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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