SNP councillors call for residents to get involved in Scottish Government Consultation

“We would encourage everyone to go online and get involved in this consultation, let the Scottish Government know what you want to see in a deposit return scheme,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) and Councillor Stephen Burns (SNP – Paisley Southwest), commenting on the recently launched Scottish Government consultation on the introduction of a deposit return scheme.

plastic bottles and jugs in recycling centerMore than two billion drinks are sold in Scotland in single-use containers every year, and the recycling rates for drinks containers are not as high as we would like, estimated at around 50% depending on the container. By incentivising their return to a designated collection point, it is hoped that we will ensure that containers are properly recycled, becoming a high value resource rather than being lost through landfill or littering.

The Scottish Government wants to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:

“Deposit return schemes offer the chance to embed a step change in recycling performance. Other systems in Europe are achieving capture rates of up to 95% for target materials compared with around 50% in Scotland at present.

“Too many plastic bottles and coffee cups are cluttering up our streets as people irresponsibly litter in our local communities. A deposit return scheme – where returning such items to local stores and receive some form of payment or discount on their shopping – would encourage more recycling.”

Councillor Stephen Burns said:

“I have already moved a motion at the council to look at the issue of plastic straws and the harm they cause to the environment, so I am keen to see how we could tackle the issue of single use drinks containers.

“I would encourage everyone who is interested in our environment to get involved in this consultation. The more responses the Scottish Government receives will help them design a system which people will use.”

The consultation can be found at:

The deadline for responses is 25th September 2018