How does it work: For local authorities

Councils  across Scotland have made significant efforts to reduce waste and litter, and improve recycling services offered to local residents. However, we are still a long way away from meeting our targets, and the current approach costs local taxpayers significant sums in terms of litter collection, recycling, and emptying street bins.

Elsewhere, local authorities have backed deposit return as an efficient way to reduce cost and litter, with Local Government New South Wales estimating it would reduce their recycling costs by 40%.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) released a report in 2016 showing that many councils across the United Kingdom are now losing money because of increased Gate Fees at Material Recovery Facilities.

Here in Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Midlothian Council both voted unanimously in support of a national deposit return system in March 2016.

Deposit return works alongside existing kerbside recycling

Kerbside collection is an important part of the recycling mix, but as much as 50 % is lost during collection, sorting, and processing, and the materials it collects are mixed together, which reduces their quality. A deposit return system collects the containers separately, which increases their quality and therefore value. Kerbside collection is also expensive for local authorities, which is why research commissioned by the Scottish Government said deposit return could save local taxpayers £13m a year across Scotland. Reduced litter would also save money for local authority street cleaning budgets.

What’s more, we consume up to 40% of drinks away from home so kerbside collection doesn’t help much with that. Not everyone has access to kerbside recycling either, especially in more rural areas and some parts of our cities. Instead, many urban centres have communal recycling bins on the street, and keeping cans and bottles out of them saves councils money and results in better-quality materials for use in recycling.



“As an alcohol company that prides itself on giving back to the environment we feel that any efforts towards reducing waste and encouraging recycling of glass bottles are of the utmost importance.  We are in a climate emergency and the time to act is now.
In the words of Robert Swan – the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
We shouldn’t wait for change, we should be the change and leave a legacy to be proud of for our children and the generations that follow.  We could think of nothing worse than being the generation that goes down in history for knowing all the facts and still never doing anything about it.
People often find change difficult at first but they always find a way to adapt so let’s make the change, in the hope for a greener cleaner world!”

The Garden Shed Drinks Co.

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