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East Lothian residents flocked to have their say on deposit return scheme

East Lothian residents and visitors were keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme yesterday (Wednesday 1 August 2018) when Zero Waste Scotland visited the Scottish Seabird Centre to get their views.

3 Aug 18

Dozens of 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 it 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.

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

“The response from members of the public and staff at the Scottish Seabird Centre yesterday was great, everyone was really interested and 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 to shape the best possible scheme 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. That’s why the Scottish Seabird Centre was an ideal location to talk to people about 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.”

The event at the Scottish Seabird Centre was the latest in a series of public events that Zero Waste Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will be at over the summer – including the European Open Water Swimming Championships (part of Glasgow 2018), Edinburgh Mela, and Aviemore Triathlon. 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 available where you can learn more about a deposit return scheme for Scotland.

Nigel Ward, Interim CEO, the Scottish Seabird Centre, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Zero Waste Scotland to the Scottish Seabird Centre this week. Sustainability and protecting the environment are at the heart of everything we do at the Seabird Centre, both as a responsible business and a wildlife charity.

“We are very proud to have won multiple awards for our environmental focus and inspire people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to understand and care for wildlife and the environment. Educating the public on the impact of single use plastics and ‘throwaway culture’ on the marine environment is an integral part of our charitable mission.

“Enabling the Scottish Government to deliver a deposit return scheme that the Scottish people have had a chance to shape is a hugely positive step in ensuring we as a country deliver a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.”

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 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:

Yvonne Gallacher
m: 07576 785 001
e: yvonne.gallacher@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

 

Forthcoming:

11th August                  European Open Water Swimming Championships, Balloch

12th August                  Aviemore Triathlon, Aviemore

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

 

About the Scottish Seabird Centre

  • The Scottish Seabird Centre is an independent visitor attraction, conservation and education charity, dedicated to inspiring people to enjoy, learn about and look after our wildlife and natural environment.
  • Follow the Scottish Seabird Centre on Facebook/ScottishSeabirdCentre. Twitter @SeabirdCentre and Instagram @seabirdcentre
  • For more information on the Scottish Seabird Centre visit www.seabird.org
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