Letter: Deposit return system

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Sir,

On Tuesday the Scottish government asked Zero Waste Scotland to design a deposit return system for Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland welcomes the plan to introduce a deposit return system for single use drinks containers.

By attaching a value to things we think of as waste, a deposit return scheme follows on from the hugely successful carrier bag charge, and will help reduce litter as well as increasing recycling.

Additionally, we welcome other actions proposed around environmental charging, for instance on single use cups, which seek to tackle items that are symbolic of our throwaway culture.

Taken together, these measures are a real game changer for a zero waste society.

Zero Waste Scotland looks forward to continuing with this work, engaging with stakeholders and building evidence to design the most effective deposit return system for Scotland.

It will provide opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and create jobs through high-quality recycling.

Iain Gulland,

Chief Executive,

Zero Waste Scotland.