APRS Resources

  • Deposit Return and Hospitality

    Hospitality businesses where drinks are either consumed on the premises or taken away for off-site consumption will see an immediate financial benefit from deposit return. In addition, decreases in litter will make Scotland more appealing to tourists. This will provide a much needed boost for an industry that has been hard hit in recent years, while improving the environment for Scottish residents and visitors alike

  • Deposit Return: the facts

    Published March 7th 2023 Deposit return has become a topic of considerable discussion over the last few months. Here are

  • Deposit Return Briefing for MSPs 2023

    This briefing was written for the debate in the Scottish Parliament on 23 February 2022. This briefing is in support of the scheme from APRS, which has been running the Have You Got The Bottle? campaign for deposit return since 2015

  • Public Support for a Deposit Return Scheme

    This briefing details the public support for deposit return in Scotland. Over the last 4 years of work in schools, with organisations such as Scouts and Rotary and in partnership with venues and charities we have been engaging with all demographics who are experiencing the impact of litter in their communities, on roads, on beaches, in rivers and in the countryside. They are excited about deposit return coming to Scotland and the opportunities redeeming discarded deposit items, could bring to them personally.

  • 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.

  • The Climate Emergency – The Role of Scotland’s Rural Landscapes

    Our landscapes have a key role to play in tackling the climate emergency and nature crisis.  They are central to many of the likely changes which will result from climate change itself and from the actions we must take to tackle it.  Taking an overall landscape view enables an integrated approach to the climate emergency to take place. This briefing expands on the role of landscape to tackle the climate emergency.

  • 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.

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