News & Updates

April 25th, 2023

Scotland’s Deposit Return return scheme was supposed to start two years ago and it has been delayed until 1st March 2024.

When it comes to getting rid of litter for good, nothing else even comes close.

We cannot delay again – join the “Don’t Bottle It!” campaign and email your MSPs today.

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January 23rd, 2023

Almost five years after UK Ministers first promised a deposit return system, we’re delighted to see them take the next big step. There will be significant benefits in having deposit return across the whole of the UK, for the public, for the environment, and for business alike. Westminster’s intention to exclude glass from the English […]

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December 5th, 2022

Environmental organisations have reaffirmed their support for Scotland’s upcoming deposit return scheme, saying that it must begin on time and work for all producers in order to start cutting our emissions. Campaigners say that further delays to the scheme which were requested by industry members last week would result in increased litter across Scotland, a […]

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December 2nd, 2022

More than 1.25 million households across Scotland do not have access to kerbside glass recycling, according to analysis by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland of the latest data from WRAP. Overall that means 46.9% of Scottish households do not have their glass collected, up from 43% in 2018, the last time this […]

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A guest post by SHRUB Coop

November 25th, 2022

“At the SHRUB Coop we strongly agree with the introduction of a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging. As a cooperative working towards preventing waste in the community, we support the introduction of a deposit return scheme that will ensure more materials are diverted from landfill. We also hope that when this comes into place, it will open […]

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November 15th, 2021

APRS worked with Surfers Against Sewage and Greenpeace to produce this briefing for MSPs on the possibility of yet another delay to deposit return.

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May 20th, 2020

On 13th May 2020, the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of the final regulations for Scotland’s deposit return system, so after all these years of campaigning, we have final confirmation of how and when it will start!

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November 20th, 2019

In May 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced that Scotland will have a deposit return system for all bottles and cans made from PET plastic, metal, and glass. There will be a 20 pence deposit on each of these items, and customers will get their money back when they return their empty to any shop that sells drinks. The Scottish Government intend the system to start in April 2021.

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A guest post by Excel Vending

September 9th, 2019

“Two and a half years ago we were watching Chris Packham on TV and the river Clyde was actually featured, with people collecting bottles and cans. We saw some Barr’s Irn-Bru bottles bobbing up and down, and we thought to ourselves – that potentially could have come from one of our vending machines so therefore we are part of the problem. Let’s become part of the solution.

Having a deposit return system will allow us to deal with materials properly.”

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August 19th, 2019

We’ve created a information sheet that gives answers to some commonly asked questions about Scotland’s upcoming deposit return system. You can download the document here.

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