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CPRE delighted with news of deposit return system for Scotland

5 September 2017

CPRE delighted with news of deposit return system for Scotland CPRE

The Scottish Government has today announced it will introduce a national deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers. This comes after a number of successful pilot schemes across Scotland, alongside evidence commissioned by the Scottish Government that confirms the system’s many economic and environmental benefits.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has long campaigned for DRS as the most effective way of reducing litter and increasing recycling. In countries with deposit return, recycling rates of containers have increased significantly: in Norway, they are now above 95%.

CPRE’s research has shown that DRS is a simple system to operate, with no cost to the taxpayer and some positive benefits for retailers. We know it is a system that the public will understand quickly and get behind.

Similar incentives, such as the 5p bag charge, have shown the popularity of these schemes once introduced.

Reacting to the announcement of a deposit return system for Scotland, Samantha Harding, litter programme director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

“This is a momentous step towards a cleaner environment, whether countryside, beach or high street. Deposit return systems are easy to use and recapture valuable materials. There is little doubt the system will prove a triumph in Scotland, and it paves the way for the rest of the UK.

“A deposit system also begins to shift the financial burden of dealing with waste from the public, as council tax payers, to those who produce the packaging. This is long overdue.”

What happens next?

“Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said that he wants to introduce a scheme as quickly as possible, and Scottish ministers have now laid down a marker. We just need to make sure that an English scheme is the same as or compatible with the one in Scotland. A drinks container bought in St Ives should be able to be returned in St Andrews."

Watch CPRE's new video on the benefits of deposit return systems here.

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