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Deposit return: Zero Waste Scotland urges Scots to have their say

Members of the public are being called upon to have their say on how deposit return could work best for Scotland, as Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland’s circular economy expert body, hosts its first public engagement event on the matter at Glasgow Fort.

28 Jun 18

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 Scottish deposit return scheme was officially opened by the Scottish Government yesterday (Wednesday 27 June, 2018).

Zero Waste Scotland has been tasked by the Scottish Government with designing options for Scotland’s deposit return scheme, and has prepared four examples of how different choices could work together. These are available to view in the public consultation document. They are there to help people understand how a scheme could work, and make an informed choice about what they would prefer.

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

“We will be at Glasgow Fort to talk to people about deposit return, discuss what it might mean for Scotland, and encourage everyone to contribute their views and tell us how it could best work for you and your family. This is the first in a number of public engagement events we will be running over the summer. With a public consultation now live, we want as many people as possible to have their say before the consultation closes in September.”

Scotland is dedicated to decisive action on single-use items. The Scottish Government has pledged to match the EU’s commitment to require all plastic packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2030, announced a ban on plastic-stemmed cotton buds, banned microbeads, and set up an expert panel to provide advice on items symbolic of our current throwaway culture – such as disposable cups and plastic straws.

Scotland is the first part of the UK to announce that it is bringing in a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging, which fits clearly into the nation’s vision for a more ‘circular’ economy in which products and materials are made to last.

Zero Waste Scotland CEO Iain Gulland and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham visited Glencairn Primary School in Motherwell on Wednesday (27 June, 2018) to launch the public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland CEO Iain Gulland and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham visited Glencairn Primary School in Motherwell on Wednesday (27 June, 2018) to launch the public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland.

Iain Gulland continued: “Single-use items are a huge issue in Scotland and across the world, with more than two billion drinks containers in circulation in Scotland alone – around 694million of which are plastic bottles.

“As a nation we currently only recycle around half of the drinks containers we consume – yet deposit return has enormous potential to increase recycling and reduce litter – as well as bringing economic benefits, including job creation. This is a landmark step in Scotland’s ambitious goals around ‘making things last’. I encourage everyone to make their thoughts known on deposit return – and help shape the best possible scheme for Scotland.”

Glasgow Fort has recently become an ambassador for Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Pledge – which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – demonstrating the shopping destination’s commitment to improving and advocating sustainability.

Philip Goodman, Centre Director, Glasgow Fort, said:  

“Glasgow Fort is delighted to mark the start of public engagement on Scottish Government proposals for a bottle deposit return scheme in Scotland. Single-use plastic is a major environmental concern and this work aims to bring the community together to work on the best solution to reduce waste.

“Environmental sustainability is a key focus at Glasgow Fort. We’re incredibly proud to have recently become a Resource Efficiency Ambassador, which has involved us making a pledge to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency programme. We look forward to working with our partners here at Glasgow Fort to meet those sustainability goals.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, said:

“A deposit return scheme for Scotland has a vital role to play in changing behaviour towards single-use items for good, and accelerating a more circular economy.

“The Scottish Government, with support from Zero Waste Scotland, is committed to establishing the best possible deposit return scheme for Scotland – and we need input from as many people as possible to do that. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to begin gathering views, both through the public consultation and Zero Waste Scotland’s community activity over the coming months.”

Over the summer Zero Waste Scotland will be hosting a series of events aiming to raise awareness of Scotland’s commitment to introduce a deposit return scheme and engage the public on the matter. The range of events will vary, including those in communities, at major summer events, in areas of high footfall, and some organised in partnership with schools and businesses.

More information on deposit return, including a link to the public consultation, is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme


Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste 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.
  • The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a nationwide scheme backed by the Scottish Government to help Scottish businesses use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently throughout their operations. Since its launch in 2014, nearly 200 organisations across Scotland have taken steps to save money and strengthen their businesses through the Pledge. The Pledge is facilitated by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland service.
  • Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • 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

About Glasgow Fort

  • Glasgow Fort is one of Scotland's top shopping destinations, with an average of 40,000 visitors per day. With almost 100 outlets, the centre offers a range of the UK's favourite retail brands. 
  • Glasgow Fort is an award-winning shopping experience with 2,500 free parking spaces. Situated just off junction 10 of the M8, it is home to leading shopping brands including Marks & Spencer, TopShop, Zara, River Island, H&M, Next and Schuh. There is also a Vue cinema and an array of eateries including Nando’s, TGI Friday and Wagamama.
  • Glasgow Fort recently became an ambassador of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Pledge, demonstrating its commitment to improving and advocating sustainability. The centre also has a zero to landfill policy and is exploring options to install a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on site, which will enable more efficient organisation of recycling. 
  • For more information please visit www.glasgowfort.com

For media enquiries contact:

Harriet Brace, PR Project Manager                                                                                                         

t: 01786 237 342
m: 07816 226323
e: harriet.brace@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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