The Marine Conservation Society and COAST welcome the bottle deposit return scheme

Deposit returns to be a reality for Scotland; system for bottles and drinks cans announced.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes the commitment to a bottle deposit return system made by Scottish Government.

Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer said: “As a founding partner in the Have You Got The Bottle campaign, we are absolutely thrilled with this announcement. We are extremely hopeful, having seen the thorough investigation of options for deposit return systems done by Scottish Government to date, that we’ll hear the First Minister give a green light for a full working Deposit Return System in Scotland. We see this as the simplest next step to help turn the tide on plastic, glass and metal drinks containers on our beaches. We hope that this will inspire similar systems throughout the UK.”

“For almost three decades our dedicated volunteers have taken part in our Beachwatch surveys, gathering evidence of the impact of ocean plastics and litter of all materials on the seas and coasts around Scotland and throughout the UK. In coastal countries with a working Deposit Return System in place, it has been shown to contribute to a measurable reduction in the numbers of bottles found on the beach. We want as many people as possible to take part in our Great British Beach Clean 2017 and continue to gather the evidence needed to measure the scale of the problem and, we hope, in future the degree of success.”

Arran COAST added “Absolutely fantastic news. Well done to Marine Conservation Society, to the Scottish Government for making this happen and to each and every one of you who will make this scheme work! ”