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Deposit Return Scheme Announced for Scotland

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (5 September 2017) announced that Scotland will introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers.

Zero Waste Scotland will coordinate work to design the system, working with stakeholders and continuing to build the evidence base.

The measure is aimed at increasing recycling and tackling litter, and was announced alongside the establishment of an expert panel to consider fiscal and other measures, for example a levy on single use cups.

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Executive, welcomed the news. He said:

'Zero Waste Scotland welcomes today’s announcement that Scottish Ministers intend to introduce a deposit return system for single use drinks containers.

'By attaching a value to things we think of as waste, a deposit return scheme follows on from the hugely successful carrier bag charge, and will help reduce litter as well as increasing recycling. 

'Additionally, we welcome the proposal to set up an advisory panel which would seek to tackle items that are symbolic of our throwaway culture.

'These measures could be a real game changer for a zero waste society. 

'Zero Waste Scotland looks forward to continuing with work to design the most effective deposit return system for Scotland, which will provide opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and create jobs through high-quality recycling', Iain Gulland concluded.


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