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Last chance to share your views on Scotland’s deposit return scheme

People in Scotland are urged to have their say on how a national deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland before the public consultation draws to a close next Tuesday (25 September 2018).

17 Sep 18

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham visited The Taste of Perthshire Food Festival on Friday, as part of the deposit return scheme roadshow, and called on everyone with an interest in reducing litter in Scotland to visit the consultation website and share their views before the deadline.

During the summer, people across Scotland have had the opportunity to inform on what kind of deposit return scheme they would like, at events across the country – from festivals, to visitor attractions, shopping locations and community centres. Zero Waste Scotland has hosted roadshow events in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. For those who couldn’t make it to an event, Zero Waste Scotland produced a webinar, which is available online and has been viewed 7000 times to date.

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. The public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland was officially opened by the Scottish Government on 27 June, 2018.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I’m pleased to be in Perth today, at the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival, to see the public campaign around Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme in action, and to see the city taking full advantage of Food and Drink Fortnight. A Deposit Return Scheme will be an effective way of increasing recycling rates and preventing drinks containers being littered in Scotland, spoiling our beautiful environment.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest, who hasn’t already attended an event or shared their views online, to take part in the consultation online by simply providing their views on how this scheme can meet Scotland’s needs and help us tackle our throwaway culture.”

Since the consultation was opened, Zero Waste Scotland has embarked on a major programme of public consultation events, with at least one having already taken place, or scheduled to take place, in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

Jill Farrell, Chief Operating Officer, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Zero Waste Scotland is committed to helping deliver the best possible Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers for Scotland, which suits our specific requirements as a country, and provides a boost to our efforts to recycle more and prevent litter from polluting our landscape.

“Part of this commitment has involved a comprehensive programme of engagement with key stakeholders across the country, followed by a nationwide drive to gather views on the scheme from residents in every local authority in Scotland. We were determined that as many people as possible should have the chance to have their say, and if you haven’t already, I urge you to log on and spend a few minutes sharing what you would like to see as part of a deposit return scheme.

“The large number of people that have engaged with the consultation so far shows the appetite in Scotland to live a more sustainable lifestyle and be more considerate to how we dispose of things.”

Prior to the launch of the public consultation, Zero Waste Scotland undertook a full programme of engagement with key stakeholder and representative bodies for trade, industry, manufacturers, retailers, and local authority groups.

Zero Waste Scotland research shows over 64,000 tonnes of plastic food packaging and plastic bottles is thrown away into household general rubbish bins and sent to landfill every year in Scotland, costing the country a staggering £11million each year. Meanwhile evidence shows countries with deposit return schemes operating overseas can reach over 90% recycling for targeted drinks containers, such as bottles and cans, and the schemes have a proven beneficial impact in tackling litter.

To view the current programme of Zero Waste Scotland public engagement events on deposit return, visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events.

The public consultation on deposit return 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  

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. 
  • 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 have had a presence at locations across the country over the summer. The programme of past and forthcoming public engagement events can be viewed here: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events
  • 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

For media enquiries contact:

Claire Munro, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
m: 07702 976594
e: claire.munro@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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