Highlanders to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme

30 August 2018

Shoppers in Inverness, who are keen to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme, are urged to come along and talk to Zero Waste Scotland’s team when we will be in Eastgate Shopping Centre on Wednesday, 5 September 2018.

The Zero Waste Scotland team will be there from 11am to give shoppers from Inverness, and surrounding areas, an opportunity to share their thoughts on how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland – making their views count on choices 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 like the option to donate the deposit instead.

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 2018, and will remain open until 25 September.

Andrew Pankhurst, Recycling Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We have been really encouraged by the response from members of the public and all the events so far and we are looking forward to visiting Eastgate Shopping Centre, and hearing from the local community and visitors shopping in the area. Now that a public consultation on a Scottish deposit return scheme is live we want as many people as possible have their say; by doing so, you’ll be helping us consider how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland.

“We’ve all seen the footage from Blue Planet II of the tragic effects that items we commonly use can have on wildlife when they end up in our oceans, lochs and landscapes.  That’s why we’re going out and about across Scotland to ask for people’s views on a Scottish deposit return scheme – which represents a huge opportunity to improve recycling, reduce litter and create economic opportunities for Scotland at the same time, so we urge you to come along and speak to us on the day.”

Jackie Cuddy, Centre Manager, Eastgate Centre, said:

We are delighted to host Zero Waste Scotland’s Team at Eastgate Centre on Wednesday 5th September.  When we have hosted sustainability exhibitions in the past our customers have really engaged with the exhibitors so I am sure they will respond very positively to the proposed Scottish Deposit Return Scheme.

“At Eastgate Centre we are continually working towards improved recycling which due to the location has been challenging.  That said we have made some positive moves to reducing our landfill which has contributed to Eastgate Centre winning two Green Apple Awards.  It is so important to continue to raise awareness of the impact of plastic waste on the environment.  The introduction of the plastic carrier bag charge has been very successful with no impact on retail sales.  It is good to see retailers taking it further with Starbucks introducing a 5p charge for a disposable cup, Menkind offering metal straws as an alternative to plastic and Debenhams now offering to refill perfume bottles.  If industry can lead on this important initiaitive then the public will follow.”

This event is part of a series of public events that Zero Waste Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will be delivered around the country. The current programme is available at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events.

The public consultation on a deposit return scheme 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 


Event details

  • Venue: Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
  • Date: Wednesday, 5 September
  • Time: From 11am

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