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Deposit Return Scheme Delayed Again!

November 26, 2021 11:32 AM
By Jenny Mollison in East Lothian Courier
Dear Editor,
Plastic rubbish is a blight on our streets, rural areas, seas and beaches and Colin Beattie MSP is right to call for a crackdown on environmentally damaging single use plastics such as soft drinks bottles in his comment column (p31 Musselburgh Courier). What Mr Beattie did not mention is that this week, his party, aided and abetted by their co-partners, the Greens, have called for a damaging second delay on the Deposit Return Scheme, which they committed to way back in May 2020, without giving us any idea when they do hope to implement it.
Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme has been designed to tackle our throwaway culture and make it easy for us all to do the right thing. People pay a small deposit of 20p when they buy a drink in a plastic or glass bottle or metal can and when the container is returned the deposit can be reclaimed. Similar schemes are working well in other parts of the world and we should be able to draw on their experiences to get it up and running without delay for the sake of our climate and cleaning up the environment.
Yours sincerely,
Jenny Mollison
East Lothian Liberal Democrats