Surfers Against Sewage welcome the news the Scottish Government have today commissioned a design review for Deposit Return Systems (DRS). This is an important step forward in tackling the plastic pollution crisis.
A Deposit Return System would prevent 4 million plastic bottles polluting the UK’s coastlines and communities every week and save Scottish local authorities £13 million per year. Industry leaders, including beverage giants Coca-Cola, are supporting the introduction of a DRS for Scotland.
This review will identify the best design for the bottle deposit system before consulting the public. Finally, the Scottish Government is expected to come to a final decision next year.
The SAS Message In A Bottle petition calling for Deposit Return Systems in the UK currently stands at 232,000. You can sign the petition at www.messageinabottle.org.uk
“Whilst the production of throwaway plastics has grown dramatically over the last 20 years, the systems to contain, control, reuse and recycle them just haven’t kept pace.”
Hugo Tagholm, CEO, Surfers Against Sewage