Deposit scheme ‘could aid tourism’
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”.