“Norway has the best deposit return system I have seen so far!” said Angus MacDonald from Scottish National Party during his visit to Inifinitum’s production plant at Heia. A Scottish delegation of parliamentarians and environmental organizations had visited Heia to learn about Infinitum’s avant-garde deposit refund system and introduce a bespoke deposit return scheme for beverage packaging in Scotland soon. Early this year, the Scottish Minister for Environment had visited Infinitum to learn about the system in Norway.
Currently, Scotland has no deposit return system and Infinitum’s deposit return system could very well be introduced there, said MacDonald. “We don’t have a system at all and we are desperate to get it up and running as quickly as possible,” he added.
Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan
According to reports, the Scottish Government and its delivery body Zero Waste Scotland have introduced a number of ambitious policies on waste and recycling, governing both local authorities and businesses. This includes the recent announcement of plans to launch a pilot of a reverse vending machine to reward recycling. To address the ever-increasing environmental hazards associated with beverage packaging, the Scottish government included it as a government programme last year, said MacDonald.
Angus MacDonald has played a critical role in driving the political will behind these policies and programmes.
Big fan of Norway since the 80’s
It was in 1985 when MacDonald first saw the deposit return scheme in Norway. “I have been a fan of this ever since,” he acclaimed. Currently, MacDonald and his team of parliamentarians are looking at various options available to the Scottish government. “However, the system in Norway seems to be the best he has seen so far,” he said.
During their visit at the Heia, the Scottish team was impressed with the business, operations and taxation model of Infinitum. “Infinitum seems to have as close to the system that I would envisage operating in Scotland and we really appreciate the advice we have received from Kjell Olav and his colleagues today,” MacDonald added.