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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07402: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to introducing a returnable deposit scheme on cans and bottles in order to reduce littering and increase recycling.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 March 2017

The Scottish Government is considering the benefits and drawbacks of a deposit return scheme. Such a scheme has the potential to reduce litter and improve recycling, but other factors must be taken into consideration. These include the impact on small stores with limited space, costs to retailers, and the impact on local authority kerbside collections.