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Plans for Scotland’s deposit return scheme reach next stage

The Scottish Government has today published the analysis of its consultation on Scotland’s deposit return scheme. 

More than 3,000 responses were received from individuals and organisations, indicating the high level of public interest.

The Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced publication at the International Marine Conference in Glasgow. With an estimated 80% of marine litter coming from land-based sources, Scotland's deposit return scheme could play an important role in tackling this problem. 

One of the key issues in the consultation was the level of the deposit. The majority of those who shared their views signalled support for a deposit in excess of 15p and there was also support for a scheme that is ambitious in its scope of materials.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, comments:

“People are keen to minimise their impact on the environment, especially after the widespread concern around plastics in our oceans. Scotland’s deposit return scheme will help keep plastics, and other single-use containers, out of our waters and off our streets.

“Countries with effective deposit return schemes are achieving capture rates of 90% and above for drinks containers and we want Scotland to emulate that success.

“We are advising the Scottish Government on the design of the best possible scheme, reflecting the findings of this consultation and Scotland’s unique characteristics, while building on the experiences of countries that have already made a success of deposit return.”

To read the full consultation analysis, visit the Scottish Government's website.

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