Recycle and Reward deposit pilot scheme
Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus has launched a €˜Recycle and Reward' deposit pilot scheme for PET plastic drinks containers and aluminium cans.
The pilot project, part of the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Scotland programme, offers staff, students and visitors to the University the opportunity to participate in an innovative initiative which aims to encourage recycling.
Students, staff and visitors to the University will pay a fully refundable 10 pence deposit on drinks, bottles and cans bought in campus catering outlets and vending machines.
When customers return the bottle or can in the Recycle and Reward machine they receive a voucher which can be exchanged for a cash refund of the deposit, used for a future purchase or donated to the Student Union RAG charity. Bottles and cans brought from outside the Campus can also be returned at the machines, but no deposit will be paid out.
Heriot-Watt is one of nine organisations involved in the project.
In 2011/2012 we reduced our carbon emissions by 8.3%, and were listed as the highest ranking Scottish University in the Carbon Reduction commitment's Performance League Table.Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University
Reducing University's carbon footprint
Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said: "We are delighted to be taking part in this pilot project. I am sure that the Reward and Recycle scheme will make it easier for our students, staff and visitors to recycle their bottles and cans.
"At Heriot-Watt we are committed to sustainability and reducing our energy consumption. In 2011/2012 we reduced our carbon emissions by 8.3%, and were listed as the highest ranking Scottish University in the Carbon Reduction commitment's Performance League Table.
"We hope that participating in this, and the many other environmental initiatives we are involved in, will continue to reduce the University's carbon footprint."
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: "It's vital that we consider fresh approaches to boosting recycling rates and capturing the value of materials which would otherwise be sent straight to landfill. Through this pilot, we want to assess the impact of this approach which has proved successful around the world, including in Germany, South Australia and Scandinavia.
It's important we change the way people view waste in Scotland and we'll be looking at how incentivising these recycling schemes impacts on recycling rates and complements other schemes designed to capture valuable materials, including kerbside, recycling centres and banks."
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead said: "Years ago, we thought nothing of taking our empty glass bottles back to the shops with the added bonus of getting cash back in our pocket. Now thanks to modern technology we are breathing new life into this traditional approach through the Recycle and Reward scheme. By offering customers incentives such as money back or vouchers for recycling their glass bottles and cans when out shopping, at college or travelling to work, I hope we can encourage more people to recycle on the go.
"Each year, around 22,000 tonnes of plastic drinks bottles alone go to landfill in Scotland. If that was separated for recycling it could be worth around £6 million to the economy and that's why it's so important that we help more people to recycle what they can."
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