Scottish Government ask public for ideas on deposit return scheme

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The Scottish Government is asking the public to help shape a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers as a way to reduce plastic pollution. 

A consultation on DRS for Scotland asks for ideas to questions including: 

  • How much the deposit should be 
  • Where people could return products 
  • What sort of materials and items should be included. 
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According to the Scottish Government, around 2.5 billion single-use drink containers are sold in Scotland annually. 

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Publishing these options for a deposit return scheme is a significant step forward in our work to tackle plastic pollution and is another demonstration of our leadership on developing a circular economy.  The consultation sets out that deposit return is not only an effective way of increasing recycling rates and preventing drinks containers from ending up as litter, but it is also an economic opportunity.” 

She added that a DRS will provide a new secure source of high quality material and will offer opportunities to develop Scotland’s recycling infrastructure and create jobs, as well improving the availability of recycled material for use in the production of bottles and cans.  

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “Scotland’s planned deposit return scheme is a landmark in the nation’s circular economy journey, with the potential to drive inward investment and create jobs in Scotland at the same time as improving recycling and reducing litter. 

“I would encourage everyone to have their say on what Scotland’s deposit return scheme should look like, and how it should work, by responding to the consultation. By doing so you’ll be helping to shape the best possible deposit return scheme for Scotland.” 

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