Scotland’s deposit return scheme has the potential to massively reduce the litter on our beaches and entering our waterways and ocean. However, after three delays it is still at risk of being blocked by the UK Government through the Internal Market Act (IMA). The UK Government blocking this scheme would both threaten the deposit return and also set a dangerous precedent for any environmental legislation being introduced that affects what can be sold in Scotland. This also has implications for deposit return across the rest of the UK – if the scheme is blocked in Scotland, it is likely it will not go ahead in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. We need public pressure to ensure that the UK Government stops blocking this scheme and takes action to reduce litter and move towards a more circular economy.
An estimated 499,068,504 drinks containers will be littered, landfilled, or incinerated during the latest 7 month delay, based on data from Reloop.
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