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Kirky residents to make a splash and have their say on deposit return

Kirkintilloch residents keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme are urged to come along and talk to Zero Waste Scotland’s team when we’re in the area during the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival. 

20 Aug 18

The Zero Waste Scotland team will be at Barleybank during the Canal Festival from 12pm on Sunday, 26 August to give local people an opportunity to share 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, and will last for three months.

Evonne Cannan, Recycling Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We have been really encouraged by the response from members of the public at all the events so far and we are looking forward to visiting Kirkintilloch Canal Festival and hearing from the local community. Now that a public consultation on a Scottish deposit return scheme is live we want as many people as possible to 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.  That’s why we’re going out and about across Scotland to ask for people’s views 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, so we urge you to come along and speak to us on the day.”

Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said:

“There will be a huge range of stalls at the 2018 Kirkintilloch Canal Festival – including a variety of local and national groups, such as Zero Waste Scotland. I hope as many people as possible can take the time to stop by the organisation's stall. A public consultation is currently being carried out on a Scottish deposit return scheme for empty drinks containers and it's important that local views are heard.”

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 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. 


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 


Event details

  • Location: Barleybank, Kirkintilloch
  • Date: Sunday, 26 August 2018
  • Time: 12pm until 5pm


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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