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Inverclyde locals invited to have their say on a Scottish deposit return scheme


 

 

Residents of Inverclyde keen to have their say on a deposit return scheme for Scotland are urged to come along and speak to Zero Waste Scotland at Oak Mall in Greenock next week (Friday, 7 September 2018).

 

Event details

  • Venue: Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Greenock
  • Date: Friday, 7 September, 2018
  • Time: 11am until 3pm

 

The Zero Waste Scotland team will be at the Oak Mall Shopping Centre from 11am to 3pm to give local people an opportunity to share their thoughts on how a deposit return scheme could work best for them.

People will have the chance to make their views count on choices such as the level of deposit, which products should have a deposit on them, where they should be able to take their empty drinks containers to get the deposit back, and whether they’d like the option to donate the deposit instead.

Under a deposit return scheme, customers pay a small deposit when they buy drinks in, for example, a bottle or a can, and then get the deposit back when they return the empty container for recycling. A public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland was officially opened by the Scottish Government on 27 June 2018, and will remain open until 25th September.

Andrew Pankhurst, Recycling Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We have been really encouraged by the response from members of the public at all the events so far and we are looking forward to visiting Inverclyde to hear from the local community. Now that a public consultation on a Scottish deposit return scheme is live we want as many people as possible to have their say; by doing so, you’ll be helping us consider how a deposit return scheme could work best for Scotland.

“We’ve all seen the footage from Blue Planet II of the tragic effects that items we commonly use can have on wildlife when they end up in our oceans and landscapes.  That’s why we’re going out and about across Scotland to ask for people’s views on a Scottish deposit return scheme – which represents a huge opportunity to improve recycling, reduce litter and create economic opportunities for Scotland at the same time, so we urge you to come along and speak to us on the day.”

Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager, Oak Mall Shopping Centre, said: “The Oak Mall Greenock is delighted to host the Zero Waste Scotland Deposit Scheme consultation. This project raises awareness for our shoppers and tenant’s and allows meaningful dialogue and discussion. This is at a time of increased publicity about waste control and the harmful effects to the environment both now and in the future. We welcome this opportunity for the people of Greenock and Inverclyde to influence the decision regarding this important Consultation.”

This event is part of a series of public events that Zero Waste Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, will deliver around the country. The current programme is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme-events. A live webinar was also held on Monday 27 August for those who couldn’t make it to an event. The hour-long webinar is available to view at zerowastescotland.org.uk

The public consultation on a deposit return scheme for Scotland is available on the Scottish Government website at https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-return-scheme

More information on deposit return is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme 

Published: 4 September 2018

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