All across Scotland, whenever cans or bottles are discarded, it’s up to local council staff to go round picking them up. It’s hard work, and the amount of litter makes it extremely expensive for local taxpayers. Reducing litter, which deposit return systems do around the world, would save both councils and the public substantial sums across the country.

Litter isn’t just expensive to deal with – it’s also really unpopular, and for good reason. Who wants to take their kids to play in a park strewn with empty bottles? Or to find discarded cans in their garden? A well-run deposit return system will help every community in Scotland, whether rural or urban, look more attractive, and be more appealing to live and work in.

There are other benefits for local councils, too. Some cans and bottles are of course already collected through kerbside recycling, and even though they are less well-sorted than the material recovered by a deposit return system, they do have a value. However, a deposit return system will typically save money overall by reducing both the volume of recycling that councils need to collect and the number of journeys council vehicles need to make.

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“As an environmental education facility, field studies centre and wildlife holiday provider, Aigas relies on and works to protect Scotland’s beautiful natural habitats. Litter is an increasing risk to both wildlife and tourism in Scotland. We regularly take groups of adult guests and school children to look for marine wildlife such as dolphins, seals, salmon, birds and otters. These are some of the animals most at threat from the increasing amounts of plastic clogging our oceans which we see evidence of every week. We fully support the introduction of a deposit return system to help reduce littering and improve recycling rates.”

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