To: UK Governments

Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.

Stop marine plastic pollution by introducing a small, refundable deposit on all plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans to recycle the 16 million plastic bottles thrown away every day.

Why is this important?

In the UK we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day! Only half of these are recycled, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans.

Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming the coastal ecosystem and ruining our beaches.

Placing a small deposit on plastic bottles and cans would dramatically increase recycling and reduce marine plastic pollution.

This petition has been set up by Surfers Against Sewage, a marine conservation charity. Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage here:

For more information on deposit return systems please visit Surfers Against Sewage’s Message In A Bottle campaign site.

A delegation from Surfers Against Sewage will deliver the petition signatures to the Governments in Westminster (London), Holyrood (Edinburgh), Senedd (Cardiff) and Stormont (Belfast).

Reasons for signing

  • I agree, the plastic waste is horrendous. Return to glass bottles which can be washed and returned and reused again and again.
  • We must stop using the planet as a dustbin.
  • let's restore beaches to the beautiful places they should be!


2017-04-27 16:42:27 +0100

Surfers Against Sewage has written to the political parties' manifesto teams calling for a deposit return system to be included in their manifestos. Find out more about what we called for here:

We'll update you as the manifestos are announced.

2017-04-10 14:25:14 +0100

The Government has published the long-awaited National Litter Strategy for England and Surfers Against Sewage welcome the news that deposit return systems will be seriously assessed as a measure to protect the environment. An expert panel will be looking at evidence to support a successful scheme to add a small refundable deposit to plastic bottles and other containers to help deliver much higher recycling rates, conserve resources, create green jobs, and protect our coastlines from the growing plastic pollution crisis.

This petition will be submitted to Government and presented to the expert panel reviewing bottle deposits.

More information on this breaking news.

2017-03-22 14:13:00 +0000

The NFRN, the federation representing independent retailers (newsagents and convenience stores) have also come out in support of a deposit return system for Scotland!

That's industry leaders from the beverage sector (Coca-Cola), Waste & Recycling sector (Suez) and now the small/medium retailers (NFRN) supporting deposit returns for Scotland.

Share this petition with your friends and family to help us persuade the Government.

2017-03-16 16:49:19 +0000

The campaign to bring back bottle deposits is progressing quickly. Here are a few of highlights.

Industry giants Coca Cola perform an unexpected but welcomed U-turn to publicly support deposit return. The same week waste & recycling industry leader Suez back the system promoting how deposit returns benefits the economy, communities and the environment. Read more here:

A motion supporting deposit return systems has been set down in the Scottish Parliament, with almost 60 MSPs from every political party already supporting.

The Government’s Environmental Audit Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the staggering number of single-use plastic bottles that are used everyday in the UK. This petition will feature as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s evidence. Read more here:

2017-02-16 21:16:40 +0000

200,000 signatures reached

2017-02-05 08:11:27 +0000

150,000 signatures reached

2017-01-29 09:15:23 +0000

100,000 signatures reached

2017-01-28 16:02:15 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2017-01-28 13:33:20 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2017-01-25 12:11:00 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-01-24 21:16:02 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-01-24 17:48:46 +0000

10 signatures reached