The Scotsman has recently published an open letter that asked for the launch of an all-in deposit return scheme in Scotland. The open letter has been agreed upon by multiple environmental advocates and researchers based in the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University.
In the open letter, the Scottish Parliament was urged to overlook the individuals requesting the omission of particular materials. On the contrary, it wanted and all-in model due to the belief that it would be more advantageous for the environment.
The letter stated how the Scottish Parliament is expected to vote, in the coming year, on projects to announce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. In the earlier part of 2019, the scheme’s draft design was publicized and an all-in model suggested. This stated that customers must pay up a deposit on all steel cans, aluminum cans, PET plastic bottles, and glass bottles.
It was added that the all-in model was in accordance with Scotland’s efforts to cut down on litter and care for the wildlife, with the increased number of containers of all the previously mentioned materials seen on the beaches of Scotland. A public consultation saw previously this year that the scheme was backed by a huge amount of support because of its inclusion of a wide range of materials such as metal cans, cartons, glass bottles, PET bottles, etc.
In spite of this, special interests are asking for the exclusion of specific materials from the scheme. This, of course, has triggered the worries of the public over Scotland’s wildlife and oceans.
The letter stated that Holyrood, in the coming year, must make sure no materials are omitted from the suggested DRS scheme with the added stress from the industry.