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A guest post by Mull and Iona Community Trust

April 11th, 2019

Hazel from Mull and Iona Community Trust tells us why deposit return will be good for their islands. “We run a variety of projects to stop things from the island going to landfill. One of the things we do is to run a collection service for cans and bottles. The deposit return system will be fantastic for Mull. We’re surrounded by beautiful places, but so often you see littered bottles and cans. Of course there are some challenges because we live on an island, but the system will probably help because people will be able to take their empties back to the place where they bought it from, rather than just putting it in the bin.”

A guest post by The Good Spirits Co.

April 10th, 2019

Shane from The Good Spirits Co. in Glasgow tells us why they’re looking forward to Scotland’s deposit return system. “We got quite a lot of good feedback from our customers when we asked them for their opinions on deposit return systems. It just seems like the logical thing to do in terms of being environmentally friendly, and it will have a slight commercial advantage because it will encourage people to come back to the shop. It’s hard to see any reason why not to support it.”

A guest post by Green Tourism

April 9th, 2019

“Green Tourism whole-heartedly support a deposit return system, because it will help our members. It’s what they want, and it’s what they need. Our members are passionate about protecting the environment and our planet, so they’re excited when new things come along to help them.

We need a system that covers everything. Not just plastic, but tin cans and glass bottles too. I lived in Belgium for years, and they have a really simple, sleek system there. We’ve embraced the plastic bag charge here in Scotland. Deposit return should be a really simple system to adopt, and it will make a benefit.”

A guest post by Mull Otter Group

April 8th, 2019

Marie from the Mull Otter Group tells us “We’re worried about the impact of plastic on otters. It’s entering the food chain. Otters need to eat constantly, and they need food that doesn’t contain plastic! When we do litter picks, we find bottles and cans. At Lochbuie last year, we found two full bags of them in just a couple of hours.”

A guest post by University of Dundee

April 5th, 2019

The University of Dundee have had reverse vending machines for five years.

“Our students love them, especially at the end of term when everyone’s a bit skint! We’ve recycled hundreds of thousands of items through these machines. We would love to see glass included in Scotland’s deposit return system too.”

A guest post by The British Horse Society Scotland

April 3rd, 2019

Julie from The British Horse Society Scotland explains why the organisation supports Scotland’s upcoming deposit return system.
“We think the deposit return scheme is fantastic. There have been some recent accidents with broken glass, if the rider hasn’t seen it. Also, if a plastic bottle is empty and it blows underneath the foot of the horse it can really frighten the horse.
We have more than 7,500 members who will definitely support Scotland’s deposit return system.”

A guest post by Cornelius Beer & Wine

April 1st, 2019

In our next video, James from Cornelius Beer and Wine tells us:

“I see no problem with having a deposit return scheme in Scotland. After a couple of weeks, everyone will be in the swing of things and it’ll be fine. If everybody’s doing it, the burden will be shared amongst all retailers. I saw the system in Oslo and it runs really smoothly”.

A guest post by Calmac Ferries

March 28th, 2019

“CalMac Ferries operate in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and we’re supporting the deposit return scheme because of the potential impact it will have on our environment and reducing marine litter.

It’s something that we really support, and we can see the benefit of it for Scotland, for the west coast, and for us as a business.”

Ruth, CalMac’s Waste Manager tells us why they want a deposit return system that includes glass, metal and plastic.


A guest post by Spokes

March 27th, 2019

Mies from Spokes Cycling tells us how glass is a real problem for cyclists on the road.

“We want to see glass included in Scotland’s deposit return system, as it’s a real nuisance for cyclists on the road. You get punctures, obviously. And you have the get the glass out of your tyre which often means getting your hand cut. On the off road networks, there’s so much glass.

I was brought up in Holland and the system is really obvious”

A guest post by Ramblers Scotland

March 26th, 2019

Danny from Ramblers Scotland tells us why they want a deposit return system that includes glass, metal and plastic.

“Deposit return has the potential to really improve days out in Scotland. There’s absolutely nothing worse than being in a beautiful place, and coming across smashed bottles or discarded tins cans.

It won’t just make our days out nicer. It will also improve the Scottish economy and the health of our communities”.

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