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Orcadians invited to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme

Residents of Orkney keen to have their say on a deposit return scheme for Scotland are urged to come along and speak to Orkney Islands Council, which will be facilitating an event on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland at Kirkwall and Stromness HWRCs in Orkney on Monday, 24 September 2018 from 11am to 3pm to give local people an opportunity to share their thoughts on how a deposit return scheme could work best for them.

14 Sep 18

People will have the chance to make their views count on choices such as the level of deposit, which products should have a deposit on them, where they should be able to take their empty drinks containers to get the deposit back, and whether they’d like the option to donate the deposit instead.

Under a deposit return scheme, customers pay a small deposit when they buy drinks in, for example, a bottle or a can, and then get the deposit back when they return the empty container for recycling. A public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland was officially opened by the Scottish Government on 27 June 2018 and will remain open until 25th September.

Councillor Graham Sinclair, Chair of the Development and Infrastructure Committee, Orkney Islands Council, which will be facilitating the event for Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’d hope that the local community in Orkney would support any attempts to reduce the increasing amount of plastic pollution in the environment, particularly in our seas and along our coast. Earlier this year we consulted on Orkney’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2018-2022, which sets out what can be done locally to help protect habitats and species across four themes: Greenspace, Farmland, Peatland and the Marine Environment. The Plan includes an action to support initiatives to reduce the non-essential usage of single-use products that contain plastics.

“This new deposit return scheme will provide a financial incentive to hand back plastic bottles, and increase the quantity that can be recycled. I’d encourage the public to respond to this consultation on how this scheme could best work for Orkney.”


This event is part of a series of public events that Zero Waste Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will deliver around the country. The current programme is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events. A live webinar was also held on Monday 27 August for those who couldn’t make it to an event.

The public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland is available on the Scottish Government website at https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-return-scheme


More information on deposit return is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme 


Event details

  • Venue: Kirkwall and Stromness HWRCs, Orkney
  • Date: Monday, 24 September, 2018
  • Time: 11am until 3pm

Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland and Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

  • Zero Waste Scotland is working on behalf of the Scottish Government to consider what kind of deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland.  This work has involved consultation with hundreds of people, including many businesses and members of the public. 
  • A public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland was officially opened by the Scottish Government on Wednesday 27 June, 2018.  People of Scotland are urged to have their say by contributing their views to the consultation, which is available on the Scottish Government website at https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-return-scheme
  • The consultation focuses on 12 main factors which need to be considered when designing a deposit return scheme, such as how much the deposit should be; where containers can be returned; and who will manage the scheme. 
  • As part of the consultation, four hypothetical examples have been created – to help people understand how different factors of a deposit return scheme could vary to create different scheme designs with different outcomes for Scotland. 
  • Zero Waste Scotland is aiming to help people understand what a deposit return scheme is and how their views can help shape what type of deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland will have a presence at locations across the country over the summer.

The current programme of public engagement events is as follows:

Already held:

  • 29th June                  Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre, Glasgow
  • 25th July                    Deep Sea World, North Queensferry
  • 27-29 July                 ButeFest, Isle of Bute
  • 1st August                 Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
  • 4th August                 Lewis Festival, Stornoway
  • 11th August               European Open Water Swimming Championships, Balloch
  • 12th August               Aviemore Triathlon
  • 12th August               Helix Park, Falkirk
  • 22nd August              St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 24th August              Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Loch of the Lowes, Perthshire     
  • 25th August              Peebles Market
  • 26th August              Kirkintilloch Canal Festival – Gala Sunday
  • 28th August              Bon Accord Shopping Centre, Aberdeen
  • 31st August              Dundee Food and Flower Show
  • 31st August              Speirs Centre, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  • 1-2 September         Edinburgh Mela
  • 2nd September         South Ayrshire Air Show
  • 3rd September         Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley
  • 3-4 September        Co-op, Lerwick, Shetland
  • 5th September          Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • 7th September          Dumfries town centre
  • 7th September          Oak Mall, Inverclyde
  • 9th September          Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Alford, Aberdeenshire
  • 11th September        Stirling Central Library, Stirling



  • 13th September        Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Montrose Basin
  • 14-16 September     Perth Food and Drink Festival
  • 14th September        East Kilbride Shopping Centre, South Lanarkshire
  • 16th September        Newmilns Festival, East Ayrshire
  • 17th September        North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell
  • 19th September        Barrhead Foundry, East Renfrewshire
  • 20th September        Dalkeith Library, Midlothian
  • 20th September        Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine, North Ayrshire
  • 21st September        Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston, West Lothian
  • 22nd September       Elgin Library, Moray
  • 24th September        Kirkwall and Stromness HWRCs, Orkney


Please check www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events for any latest updates to the events programme.


  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

For media enquiries contact:

Sophie Thirkell, PR Officer, Zero Waste Scotland                                                                                                  
m: 07966 284095
e: sophie.thirkell@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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