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Sweden’s deposit return scheme inspires Scotland

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is to look at the feasibility of a wider Deposit Return Scheme after watching it in action during his recent trip to Sweden.

25 Aug 13

Mr Lochhead believes schemes which offer people in Scotland an incentive for recycling drink containers could help tackle Scotland’s litter problem.

In Scotland, eight different ‘Recycle and Reward’ schemes have been piloted since the start of this year. The programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, will help assess whether schemes which offer incentives such as vouchers, donations to charities or money back can increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of used drinks containers going to landfill here.

The announcement was made on the last day of Scotland’s Litter Week of Action.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland welcomed the announcement and said:

“We very much welcome the news that the government wants to look at the feasibility of extending the deposit return scheme we’re running. Recycling is about keeping and re-using valuable materials and returning drinks containers is a simple step people could take to help make Scotland a zero waste society.  It could also play a part in making our country litter-free.”

For more details of Scottish Government’s announcement please visit: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Cash-for-trash-could-tackle-litter-347.aspx

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