Responding to the announcement that a 20p Deposit Return Scheme is to be introduced across Scotland by 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:
“Scottish Liberal Democrats were the first party to adopt the policy of a nationwide deposit return scheme for the sake of our climate and cleaning up our seas. This is the right thing to do to end our throwaway culture.
“As we iron out the details it is essential that there are no unintended consequences. Island and rural areas must be properly accounted for, and we need to be certain that the inclusion of glass won’t cause manufacturers to turn to more harmful materials.
“The next step must be moving urgently to tackle the mountain of coffee cup waste through a latte levy, preventing millions of cups going straight to landfill.”