The Scottish Government proves it has the bottle (and the can)!
The Scottish Government has shown the rest of the UK the way with a commitment to finding out how deposit and return can work in Scotland.
A study has been commissioned by The Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and is to be carried out by Zero Waste Scotland to focus on design options and potential costs of the scheme. Once this is completed the findings will be put to public consultation.
CRNS welcomes this announcement from the Scottish Government and believes that a well-designed deposit return system here in Scotland has the potential to increase recycling and combat climate change along with taking a positive step towards reducing plastic waste which is polluting our beaches and sea life. Many environmental groups have given the news the thumbs up.
CRNS will continue to be part of the ‘Have you got the Bottle’ campaign and take the lead on behalf of the third sector to participate in designing the optimal deposit return system for Scotland.
The drinks giant Coca Cola has already given its backing but there are still some others who will need to be encouraged to see the benefits of a deposit and return system. Drinks companies, retailers and packaging firms will be invited to join a steering group along with environmental groups and other appropriate organisations so that all points of view can be considered
Ultimately the consumer will pay a small surcharge to be refunded when the bottle is returned and the responsibility for recycling will then lie with the consumer depending on which method of deposit and return is used.
A well thought through deposit and return system should enhance recycling rates, and, given the extent of the issue, litter should be greatly reduced.