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Scotland proposes bottle deposit schemes

People could be paid for recycling their bottles under new plans unveiled by the Scottish Government designed to increase recycling.

The proposal forms part of the Scottish Governments ambition for a Zero Waste Scotland.

Launching the consultation, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said that the Scottish Government is committed to achieving a recycling rate of 70% and cutting municipal waste sent to landfill to 5% by 2025.

He said to achieve this Scotland must reduce the unnecessary use of raw materials, prevent waste and use more recycled material.

A fresh look at deposit and return schemes, including hi-tech reverse vending machines are a real possibility and could double the number of bottles recycled in Scotland. They could also be used for other drinks containers, as well as food tins and aluminium, takeaway trays.

Lochhead said that he estimated that 30 to 40% of glass bottles are recycled in Scotland and about 35% of household plastic bottles are recycled. But he said that there was more to do.

He is also eager to increase recycling facilities at sports grounds, shopping centres, beaches and cinemas.

Lochhead explained: I am also keen to explore the greater role that businesses and public bodies can play in terms of providing recycling facilities, particularly at large public events such as football matches and music festivals but also at company offices. The Scottish Government is currently looking at other ways to increase recycling in the workplace.

There are proposals on packaging and on carrier bags which we are also looking at as part of the Zero Waste Retailers Group.

The proposals we are consulting on today could make a real difference in achieving our goals of a Zero Waste Scotland. I want to hear from anyone with an interest in waste and recycling including businesses, public bodies and individual Scots.

The results of the consultation will form part of possible legislation to be included in the Climate Change Bill.

 

 

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