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Let's urge MSPs 'Don’t kick the can down the road again!'

As a historic agreement is announced between the Scottish Government and Scottish Greens, we're pleased that they have committed to increasing protection for marine areas but we're also concerned there has been no mention of the Deposit Return Scheme.

The deposit return scheme that so many of you helped us campaign for was due to start this year, but was delayed to next July, we need to know this date won't change again; our seas simply can not wait any longer.

Scotland’s deposit system must start next year to increase recycling rates and to reduce the amount of bottles and cans washing up on Scotland’s shores.

Enough is enough – MSPs must keep their promises

Our seas are being choked by rubbish, and our coastline is littered with bottles and cans. In 2017 the Scottish Government said it would introduce a deposit return scheme, but we’re still waiting.  

Scotland was the first nation in the UK to commit to a deposit return scheme which will include PET plastic bottles, glass bottles and drinks cans.

Prices for drinks in these types of containers will include a deposit of 20p per bottle or can which will be fully refunded when returned for recycling. 

The scheme was delayed from April 2021 to July 2022, with the Scottish Government aiming to have a 90% return rate within the first three years. It’s late, but it's a big step towards Scotland having a circular economy. 

Scotland's beaches can't afford another delay! 

Following the announcement by the Scottish Government on Tuesday, September 7, that MSPs are committed to delivering their promised Deposit Return Scheme, we will be monitoring their progress and pushing for confirmation that the scheme will be deliver in July 2022 as planned.

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