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Scotland’s deposit return scheme: Public engagement event confirmed in Aberdeen

People in Aberdeen will get to have their say on how a national deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland, with a public engagement event confirmed to take place at the city’s Bon Accord Centre on 28th August, it was confirmed today (1st August).

2 Aug 18

During the summer, people across Scotland will have 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 27 June.

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

“I am delighted to confirm we have added an Aberdeen event to our summer schedule of public engagement events.  We are also working hard to add an event in the Aberdeenshire area, with support from Aberdeenshire Council. 

“People will make this scheme a success – 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.

“With thanks to support from a wide range of partners we are delighted to be out and about this summer, on behalf of the Scottish Government, visiting a wide range of events and locations across the country – from border towns to Inverness – asking everyone for their views on how a deposit return scheme could work best for them.  We will continue to work to add to our current programme of events, aiming to visit as many regions across Scotland as we can.  We are working closely with local partners to achieve this.”

Members of the Zero Waste Scotland team will be in the Bon Accord Shopping Centre on 28th August, from 11am to 3pm, to ask visitors and staff about how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland, considering factors 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 welcome the option to donate the deposit in certain circumstances – for example to charities, schools or community groups.

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

Craig Stevenson, Centre Manager, Bon Accord Centre, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Zero Waste Scotland to the Bon Accord Centre to engage with our visitors and gather people’s opinions on a deposit return scheme for Scotland.

“As a business and as individuals, we know that it can be challenging when looking for alternatives to traditional plastic packaging. Measures such as a Scottish deposit return scheme however make it easier for all of us to take these positive steps for a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

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 are being added soon – as well as a date for the webinar. 

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 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 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 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
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