Have You Got The Bottle?

Name: Have You Got The Bottle?
Category: Waste management & recycling
Location: Scotland
Project summary: 'Have You Got The Bottle?' is a Scottish campaign focused on influencing Scottish Government Ministers to introduce a national deposit return system for drinks containers. Under deposit return, manufacturers or consumers pay a small deposit (usually just a few pennies) which they then get back when they return the empty container to a shop or other facility.
Detailed summary: 'Have You Got The Bottle?' is a Scottish campaign focused on influencing Scottish Government Ministers to introduce a national deposit return system for drinks containers. Under deposit return, manufacturers or consumers pay a small deposit (usually just a few pennies) which they then get back when they return the empty container to a shop or other facility.

Nearly one quarter of a billion people in 40 countries or territories around the world already have deposit return - including 130 million people in Europe - and such systems usually result in drink container recycling rates of more than 90%, dramatic reductions in litter and a growth in relevant circular economy jobs. 'Have You Got The Bottle?' has nearly 40 partner organisations from the business, recycling, education, local authority and charity sectors. Together they represent more than 300,000 people in Scotland. A Survation poll from 2015 shows that nearly 79% of people in Scotland would welcome deposit return, while only 8% opposed the idea.

We are looking to work with a Masters level student, ideally studying at a Scottish university, to explore one of a range of related topics. We have a few in mind but are open to further discussion to find a topic that is ideal for both the student and for us.
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Current status: Available to partner with

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