Responding to the UK Government’s new waste strategy which sets out plans to introduce a deposit return scheme, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“We desperately need to tackle the mountain of plastic waste that is devastating our oceans. Liberal Democrats have therefore long championed deposit return schemes as a proven measure across the world for reducing waste.
“The UK Government’s support for this scheme is welcome, but 2025 is a long way away when solutions to the damage being inflicted on our environment are so urgent. It is also hard to see transformative progress in a climate of continuous budget cuts.
“The Scottish Government, having already concluded its own consultation, now has the chance to show greater leadership on this.
“Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why we have set the bar with an ambition to ban all single-use plastic within three years and the introduction of a levy on all producers and retailers that produce or use single-use plastics, including for single-use cups.”