APRS Resources

  • Briefing for MSPs about possible 2021 deposit return delay

    Scotland’s already overdue deposit return system is at risk of another unnecessary delay, which would be in breach of an SNP manifesto commitment. This briefing from 2021 explains why we must not delay the implementation of deposit return.

  • APRS Editable Deposit Return Press Release

    An editable press release for educators to use to promote any deposit return work in the classroom, school, home or wider to local, national or global media.

  • The Scottish Deposit Return System: what materials should it cover?

    Which materials should an ambitious, world-leading system include? The main arguments from parts of the drinks and retail industries seeking to be exempted or to limit their costs are around glass, larger plastic bottles, HDPE (the plastic used for milk bottles, amongst other things), and TetraPak cartons. We support an inclusive system that covers all materials used for drinks containers, including glass, metal and plastic.

  • Scotland’s Got the Bottle

    Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to commit to a deposit return system for bottles and cans. Such systems are already working well in other countries including Canada, Estonia, Germany and Norway. The Scottish Government is now working on the detailed implementation of the system. This document is a briefing about what to expect when the system is introduced.

  • Why Scotland needs a Deposit Return Scheme

    This briefing was written for the Scottish Parliament in 2017 as part of the Have you Got the Bottle Campaign. A deposit return system is a collection system for used drinks container packaging, in which consumers pay a small deposit on every drinks container. This is refunded when the container is returned. This document explains how a scheme would work to decrease litter, increase recycling and save money, among other benefits.

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