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Aviemore Triathlon spectators had their say on Scotland’s deposit return scheme

Visitors to the Aviemore Triathlon were keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme yesterday (Sunday, 12 August), when Zero Waste Scotland attended the event at Badaguish Centre.  

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Many people shared 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.

Andrew Pankhurst, Recycling Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“I was really encouraged by the response from members of the public who attended the Aviemore Triathlon. It was a great event and people were keen to share their views. 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 the Cairngorms National Park. The triathlon was a great event in a great location to get people engaged 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.”

Convener of The Highland Council and local ward councillor, Bill Lobban, said:

“It was great to see the huge turnout at Aviemore Triathlon which was reflected in the level of interest in Zero Waste Scotland’s engagement on a deposit return scheme for Scotland. Many people including visitors and locals took the opportunity to speak to the Zero Waste Scotland team providing their thoughts and feedback.

“Highland Council is supportive of recycling initiatives and our waste and recycling staff work closely with communities to encourage everyone to cut down on the amount of waste that ends up in landfill sites. Earlier this year, the council agreed to phase out single use plastics from all our sites and schools.

“If anyone missed the opportunity to speak to Zero Waste Scotland about the Deposit Return Scheme consultation – they can still find out more about it on the Scottish Government’s website.”

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. For those who can’t make it to an event, there will be a webinar (date to be announced soon) available where you can learn more about a deposit return scheme for Scotland.

 

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 

 

For media enquiries contact:

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

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, Aviemore
  • 12th August              Falkirk Big Picnic

 

Forthcoming:

  • 22nd August             St Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 25th August              Peebles Market
  • 28th August              Bon Accord Shopping Centre, Aberdeen
  • 31st August              Dundee Food and Flower Show
  • 1-2 September        Edinburgh Mela
  • 5th September          Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • 14-16 September     Perth Food and Drink Festival

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
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