Deposit Return Scheme welcomed by Merrymaid

Scotland has so many beautiful features, from the greenery almost everywhere, the friendliness of our people and the dramatic skies that appear every night. One thing that has made me even prouder to be Scottish is the prospect of the Deposit Return scheme being put into effect.

Deposit Return

What is the Deposit Return Scheme?

For those of you who are unaware of what this is; Zero Waste Scotland has been commissioned to research new designs to implement a system by which our plastic and glass bottles can be returned to our retailers for a small deposit. When we buy a drink out of a store, we pay a deposit on the drink container and receive that deposit back when we return the bottle to the store. You get your use and once it has been completely cleaned and reintroduced to the economy, somebody else can get use out of it too. The aim of this is to develop a circular economy which means that resources would be used as efficiently as possible, thus creating a sustainable future for Scotland. For more information, please click here to be taken to the website.

Will it work?

This has worked for years in other countries such as Germany, and I can attest to that! Living in Berlin for a year actually began my interest in becoming more sustainable with living. The bottles of water or other drinks that I purchased were consumed and then returned in an awesome bottle bank at my local Kaisers shop (which was next door to our student accommodation). You can imagine just how many bottles we had to return being students. I would save my bottles up in a large Ikea bag and at the end of each month I would take my big, full bag down to Kaisers and spend about 10 minutes placing my bottles into a bottle grabber and after placing them all in there, I would then click a button and receive a receipt for money which I could use for my groceries for that week.

So what do the Scots make of this?

A number of local retailers in Scotland are unhappy with the prospect of the Deposit return scheme for fears that it will cost a lot to implement and also the storage point for the bottle, so that is why Zero Waste Scotland have been commissioned to figure out a plan to put in place.

Deposit ReturnPersonally, I am so excited by this prospect and I would back it wholly. I would thank all the great people behind the scheme, including the manager of the Have You Got the Bottle campaign, Jenni Hume and commend them for their efforts in helping the local environment and in the grand scheme of things, the world! These efforts, no matter the scale of them will in turn help the entire world, oceans and all which is exactly what is needed. I have my fingers and toes crossed! Can you imagine more countries around the world had this opportunity? What are your thoughts on the Deposit Return Scheme? Comment below to start a discussion.

4 Replies to “Deposit Return scheme in Scotland- Money back for your plastic bottles!”

  1. Hi Merrymaid, I think its a great idea. Takes me back to when we were children, we took our empty glass fizzy drink bottles back to the shop and got some pennies for them. We used to love it as it gave us sweetie money lol. We didn’t have plastic bottles in those days. Loving your blog and topics 🙂

    1. Hi Elaine! Thank you for your perspective! I agree, it would be great if the sweeties were still pennies worth! Thanks so much Ellie, hope you subscribe soon and look forward to hearing from you!

    1. Its such a fantastic initiative and I am crossing my fingers, toes, eyes, brows and nostrils that it goes forward, Claire! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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