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Our role in Scotland's deposit return scheme

Zero Waste Scotland has been tasked by the Scottish Government with designing a preferred scheme for Scotland providing support and advice on its implementation.

We have done that by consulting with hundreds of organisations – from retailers and manufacturers to councils and community groups – learning from countries that already operate a deposit return scheme and building on our existing research.

Zero Waste Scotland also prepared four examples of how Scotland’s deposit return scheme could work, which formed part of the public consultation document which ran between 27 June and 25 September 2018.

The examples demonstrated how different choices on deposit return could work together – such as the materials included and location of drop-off points.

Zero Waste Scotland also delivered a comprehensive programme of engagement with key stakeholders across the country, followed by a nationwide drive to gather views on the scheme from people in every local authority in Scotland. We were determined that as many people as possible should have the chance to have their say and this programme proved extremely successful, with large numbers of people engaging with our public events and online communications. It shows the appetite in Scotland for us all to live a more sustainable lifestyle and the understanding of a need for more care in how we dispose of the things we use. 

Zero Waste Scotland will do all we can to meet the ambition set by the Environment Secretary to have one of the most effective deposit schemes anywhere in the world.

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