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Scotland’s deposit return scheme: Second wave of public engagement events announced

Further dates and venues have been confirmed as part of Zero Waste Scotland’s commitment to talk to the people of Scotland about how a national deposit return scheme could work best, it was announced today (Tuesday 21st August 2018).

21 Aug 18

During the summer, people across Scotland are getting the opportunity to share their views at events across the country – from festivals, to visitor attractions, shopping locations and community centres. For those who can’t make it to an event, there will be a webinar available where you can learn more about what a deposit return scheme could mean for Scotland.

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 Wednesday 27th June 2018 and will remain open until 25th September.

15 new dates have now been added to the rolling programme since the initial 12 events were announced last month. A live webinar will also take place next Monday (27th August) for those who have questions and can’t make it to an event. The hour-long webinar will be broadcast at http://zerowastescotland.org.uk/DRS-live and on  Facebook Live from 1pm. Questions can be submitted in advance or as part of the live event on Twitter to @zerowastescot

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

“A deposit return scheme will provide a new secure source of high quality material which will create opportunities to develop our recycling infrastructure in Scotland and create jobs. This will also improve the availability of recycled material for use in the production of bottles and cans in future.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest to provide their views on how this scheme can meet Scotland’s needs and help us tackle our throwaway culture.”

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

“I’m excited to be able to announce a further tranche of events across the country. We are aiming to visit as many areas across Scotland as possible, and importantly engage with as many people as possible–whether that be at events, through our webinar or via our online activity. I would like to extend my thanks to partners across the country for hosting us at such a wide range of locations.

“People will make this scheme a success—both for our environment and our economy. The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland have committed to designing the best possible deposit return scheme for Scotland. We want it to work for everyone—and that’s why we’re calling on as many people as possible to have their say.”

Following a successful first event at Glasgow Fort in June, Zero Waste Scotland will be at some of the country’s top events and attractions this summer – including Edinburgh Mela, the South Ayrshire Air Show and Perth Food and Drink Festival.

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 Open Water Swimming Championships, Balloch
  • 12th August               Aviemore Triathlon
  • 12th August               Helix Park, Falkirk

Forthcoming:

  • 22nd August              St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 24th August              Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Loch of the Lowes, Perthshire               
  • 25th August              Peebles Market
  • 26th August              Kirkintilloch Canal Festival – Gala Sunday
  • 28th August              Bon Accord Shopping Centre, Aberdeen
  • 31st August              Dundee Food and Flower Show
  • 31st August              Speirs Centre, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  • 1-2 September         Edinburgh Mela
  • 2nd September         South Ayrshire Air Show
  • 3rd September         Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley
  • 3-4 September        Co-op, Lerwick, Shetland
  • 5th September          Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • 6th September          ASDA Barrhead
  • 7th September          Dumfries town centre
  • 9th September          Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Alford, Aberdeenshire
  • 13th September        Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Montrose Basin
  • 14-16 September     Perth Food and Drink Festival
  • 14th September        East Kilbride Shopping Centre
  • 16th September        Newmilns Festival, East Ayrshire
  • 17th September        North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell
  • 20th September        Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine
  • 21st September        Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston

 

The next event Zero Waste Scotland will hold will be at Glasgow’s St. Enoch Centre on Wednesday 22nd August, from 10.30am to 3pm.

Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager at St. Enoch Centre, said:

“St. Enoch Centre is proud to support Zero Waste Scotland and we’re looking forward to welcoming them in-centre on Wednesday 22nd August to consult on a Scottish deposit return scheme with our shoppers. It’s important that everyone comes together to help address the issues of plastic and we would encourage shoppers to share their views on the proposed scheme.

“The devastating impact of single-use items is known far and wide and we are pleased to be able to lend support to Zero Waste Scotland and do our part to spread the message about the importance of adopting a circular economy here in Scotland. It’s something we are continually working towards in-centre as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability and waste reduction.”

Zero Waste Scotland staff will be available to chat through four hypothetical examples of how Scotland’s deposit return scheme could work. These are based on 12 main factors to be considered when designing a deposit return scheme.

The examples aim to help people understand how different factors of a deposit return scheme could vary to create different scheme designs with different outcomes for Scotland. Full details on the main factors and examples are available to view as part of the public consultation on the Scottish Government website: https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-return-scheme

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.

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

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  

 

For media enquiries contact:

Harriet Brace, PR Project Manager

t: 01786 237 342

m: 07816 226323

e: harriet.brace@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 27th 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 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 Open Water Swimming Championships, Balloch
  • 12th August               Aviemore Triathlon
  • 12th August               Helix Park, Falkirk

Forthcoming:

  • 22nd August              St. Enoch Centre, Glasgow
  • 24th August              Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Loch of the Lowes, Perthshire               
  • 25th August              Peebles Market
  • 26th August              Kirkintilloch Canal Festival – Gala Sunday
  • 28th August              Bon Accord Shopping Centre, Aberdeen
  • 31st August              Dundee Food and Flower Show
  • 31st August              Speirs Centre, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  • 1-2 September         Edinburgh Mela
  • 2nd September         South Ayrshire Air Show
  • 3rd September         Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley
  • 3-4 September        Co-op, Lerwick, Shetland
  • 5th September          Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • 6th September          ASDA Barrhead
  • 7th September          Dumfries town centre
  • 9th September          Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Alford, Aberdeenshire
  • 13th September        Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Montrose Basin
  • 14-16 September     Perth Food and Drink Festival
  • 14th September        East Kilbride Shopping Centre
  • 16th September        Newmilns Festival, East Ayrshire
  • 17th September        North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell
  • 20th September        Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine
  • 21st September        Livingston Designer Outlet, Livingston

Please check www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events for any updates to the events programme.

A live webinar will also take place next Monday (27th August), for those who have questions and can’t make it to an event. The hour-long webinar will be broadcast at http://zerowastescotland.org.uk/DRS-live and on Facebook Live from 1pm.

 

  • 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 St. Enoch Centre

St. Enoch Centre is located in Glasgow's busy city centre, one of the UK's top shopping destinations outside London. The first of its kind in Scotland, St. Enoch Centre was officially opened in 1989 and has since become one of the city's favourite shopping destinations.

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