Ash Denham MSP calls on constituents to have say on bottle deposit return plans

SNP MSP Ash Denham has called on people across Edinburgh to get involved with the latest series of events to gather views on the proposed bottle deposit return scheme.

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the scope of a deposit return scheme, to boost recycling and cut plastic waste – with the proposal being that customers would pay a deposit when they purchase a product, which would be refunded when the item is recycled. The scheme already operates in many other parts of Europe.

Zero Waste Scotland will be holding an event at Edinburgh Mela on the 1st and 2nd of September, to give people across Edinburgh the chance to put forward their views on the scheme.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Eastern Ash Denham said:

“A deposit return scheme has huge potential to help us meet our recycling goals, as well as tackling the scourge of plastic litter and waste on our landscape.

“The issue of plastic pollution, particularly in our water, has become well known in recent months, as the impact of the problem was brought to light by Blue Planet last year.

“And it is of course an issue that affects us right here in Edinburgh, where we often struggle with plastic rubbish being littered across the city — and the deposit return scheme can make a real difference.

“Zero Waste Scotland’s events across the country give us all a chance to give our views on the scheme, how it could work and how it can be implemented.

“We all have a stake in protecting and preserving our planet – and the bottle deposit return scheme is one small step we can take in the fight against plastic pollution.”

 

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