De­posit scheme ‘could aid tourism’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page -

OUT­DOORS en­thu­si­asts have urged the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce a de­posit return scheme for bot­tles and cans.

Groups in­clud­ing Ram­blers Scot­land, Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land and the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety said the coun­try’s “ex­tra­or­di­nary wild places” are “too of­ten spoilt by empty cans and bot­tles”.

They said dis­carded bot­tles and cans could pose a “di­rect threat” but a de­posit return scheme could help boost Scot­land’s tourist in­dus­try.

Un­der such a sys­tem, shop­pers pay a de­posit when buy­ing prod­ucts in cans and plas­tic or glass bot­tles, with the money re­funded when they return the emp­ties.

A spokesman said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment was “con­sid­er­ing the ben­e­fits and draw­backs of a de­posit return scheme”.

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