The Scottish Parliament has set some tough climate change emissions reduction targets, but they keep being missed, year after year. It’s time to do better. However green-minded you are, it’s hard to make a big difference by yourself: what matters is what we all do together. And a deposit return system will help us all do our bit to cut Scotland’s emissions.

Every time plastic is reused for packaging it means less oil is being used for raw material, reducing the pressure to explore for and extract every last drop. More directly, it means less energy is used in manufacturing new packaging materials. The emissions savings from recycling rather than manufacturing from new each time can be up to 60%, which could make a substantial difference, and recycling cans uses about 95% less energy.

A deposit return system is obviously not enough on its own to turn around Scotland’s emissions levels. We believe it’s time for Scottish Ministers to start adopting every “easy win” out there, though, and that has to include a modern deposit return system. We already know how effective this approach has proved in other countries, and there’s no reason we couldn’t see the same benefits here in Scotland.

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Every kilo of glass recycled saves two thirds of a kilo of carbon emissions

Read the research from the European Container Glass Federation.

Comment

“CalMac serves some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and as an organisation we are concerned about marine litter, given the impact it continues to have on our beaches and marine wildlife. Our passengers and the communities we serve care about protecting the local environment, and we support deposit return as one way to reduce littering and increase recycling rates.

We anticipate that deposits will reduce contamination of the items we collect for recycling on board and help us to achieve our recycling targets. When a deposit return system comes in, we are confident that facilities to recycle these empties either in or near our terminals will be well used, given the small financial incentive of the deposit. We would certainly wish to be involved in any early discussions to ensure that the system Ministers introduce works well for transport operators and our passengers alike.”

CalMac Ferries


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