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Read our latest Press Release for the Deposit return System entitled Scotland Sets the Pace for the rest of the UK and our Response to Scottish Government consultation on future arrangements for Scotland’s environment if the UK leaves the EU

Latest Newsletter – all the updates and news of what we have been doing over the last few months and our Annual Review for 2018

APRS Members’ Day & Council  – Saturday 21 September 2019
Dirleton, East Lothian. The Dirleton Village Association has kindly agreed to host our visit, which will look at development issues in the picturesque Conservation Area village of Dirleton and its surroundings.  All APRS members, family and friends are warmly invited to attend this events – further information

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Have You Got The Bottle?
Catherine Gemmell from the Marine Conservation Society tells us:

"As well as cleaning beaches, we also survey what we find. This means we know exactly what type of litter, and how each of each item is turning up. We've been doing this for twenty six years, so we have a quarter of a century's worth of data that we can use to push for policy change. We want policies that will stop litter from getting to the beach in the first place.

The Marine Conservation Society has been a huge supporter of a deposit return system for Scotland. We were founding members of the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign because over the last twenty five years, our members have been finding bottles, both glass and plastic, as well as metal drinks cans. After doing a bit of research, and visiting countries that have these systems in place, we've seen how successful they are at increasing recycling rates, so that less is getting littered and ending up in our oceans and on our beaches.

Support from our volunteers is phenomenal, and it just shows the passion people have to get rid of these items and why we're really excited that Scotland's deposit return system will hopefully mean these volunteers see less glass, plastic and cans in the places that they really care about."
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Have You Got The Bottle?
8 years ago, Whitmuir the Organic Place worked with the Scottish Government to run a deposit return pilot.

"Our customers were really supportive of it. I can't believe it's taken this long to get to this point. The Government really needs to make this happen soon, because it'll be a really popular intervention.

One of the difficulties with the pilot was that it was only for this specific shop, so people could only recycle bottles they'd bought in this shop. It showed that we need to have a universal system that makes it easy for people to recycle the bottles and cans they've bought anywhere in Scotland.

We've got a great bunch of customers who want this to work and who support the Government in doing it. People already understand deposit return. They're waiting for the Government to catch up and do it."
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