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Shetlanders to have their say on deposit return

Locals keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme are urged to come along and talk to Zero Waste Scotland’s team when Zero Waste Scotland staff are in Lerwick from Monday, 3 to Tuesday, 4 September.

28 Aug 18

The Zero Waste Scotland team will be at the Co-op in Lerwick on Monday evening from 5.30pm and then again on Tuesday morning from 10am to give local communities an opportunity to share their thoughts on how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland – making 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 25 September.

Councillor Ryan Thomson, Chair of the Environment and Transport Committee, Shetland Islands Council: “I’d hope that the Shetland community would support any attempts to reduce the increasing amount of plastic pollution in the environment, particularly in our seas and along our coast.  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 Shetland.”

Emma Leel, Litter prevention sector manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We have been really encouraged by the response from members of the public and all the events so far and we are looking forward to visiting Lerwick and hearing from the local community and visitors. Now that a public consultation on a Scottish deposit return scheme is live we want as many people as possible have their say; by doing so, you’ll be helping us consider how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland.

“We’ve all seen the footage from Blue Planet II of the tragic effects that items we commonly use can have on wildlife when they end up in our oceans, lochs and beautiful landscapes like Shetland.  That’s why we’re going out and about across Scotland to ask for people’s views on a Scottish deposit return scheme – which represents a huge opportunity to improve recycling, reduce litter and create economic opportunities for Scotland at the same time, so we urge you to come along and speak to us on the day.”

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 at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events.


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: Co-op, Lerwick
  • Date/time:
    • Monday, 3 September from 5.30pm until 8pm
    • Tuesday, 4 September from 10am until 12pm

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 Swimming Championships, Balloch
  • 12th August               Aviemore Triathlon
  • 12th August               Helix Park, Falkirk
  • 22nd August              St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 22nd August              St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 24th August               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
  • 6th September           ASDA Barrhead
  • 7th September           Dumfries town centre
  • 9th September           Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Alford, Aberdeenshire
  • 13th September         Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Montrose Basin
  • 14-16 September     Perth Food and Drink Festival
  • 14th September         East Kilbride Shopping Centre
  • 16th September         Newmilns Festival, East Ayrshire
  • 17th September         North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell
  • 20th September         Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine
  • 21st September         Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston


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

For those who can’t make it along to an event, a webinar will be available (date to be announced soon) to anyone interested in learning more about what a deposit return scheme could mean for Scotland. 


  • 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:

Yvonne Gallacher, PR Contractor, Zero Waste Scotland                                                                                                  
m: 07576 785 001 / 01786 433930
e: yvonne.gallacher@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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