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Balloch visitors made a splash on Saturday and had their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme

Locals and visitors were keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme on Saturday, 11 August when Zero Waste Scotland attended the Glasgow 2018 European Championships Open Water Swimming Competition in Balloch.

14 Aug 18

Many people shared their thoughts on how a deposit return scheme could work best for them – 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 in Balloch, during the European Championships. It was such a great day with a brilliant atmosphere 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 and landscape. Saturday’s event offered a unique opportunity, in a beautiful setting, to discuss a Scottish deposit return scheme – which represents a huge opportunity to improve recycling, reduce litter in places like Loch Lomond, and create economic opportunities for Scotland at the same time.”

Simon Jones, Director of Conservation and Visitor Operations at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said:

“We were delighted that Zero Waste Scotland came along to the Glasgow 2018 Festival event in Balloch to consult on a Scottish deposit return scheme. It was a major event for visitors and local residents that offered a great opportunity to get out and speak to lots of people to get their thoughts on the scheme.

“Through our Climate Change Action Plan, the National Park Authority is taking steps to reduce the volume of waste our organisation produces and we would encourage local residents and visitors to do the same. We look forward to hearing the results of the consultation.”

This event is part of a series of public events that Zero Waste Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will be delivering around the country.  The current programme is available at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events - and more events could be added soon. 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                                                                                               
Direct Line 01786 237345

Mobile 07966 284095

Email 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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