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Parliamentary praise for Edinburgh’s Boda Bars’ plastic bottle recycling initiative.

Edinburgh’s Boda Bars’ new plastic bottle recycling initiative has been commended in a Parliamentary motion by Lothian MSP Miles Briggs. Boda Bars’ six city venues are offering customers 10p off a tea or coffee for every plastic bottle handed in. Miles’ motion has already attracted cross party support.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I commend Boda Bars on their very positive initiative which I am sure will provide popular with customers across Edinburgh. It is excellent to see a local business take such a proactive stance on recycling and improving our environment.

“ I continue to receive many complaints about overflowing public bins in our city and initiatives like Boda Bars’ can make a real difference by helping to reduce the number of plastic bottles being dumped in bins.”

Anna Christopherson, Owner of Boda Bars, said:

"It is welcome to have MSPs highlight the high volume of plastic bottles being bought in the UK every day and that action is required to increase recycling rates in Edinburgh and across Scotland.  

"The Boda Bars want to do their bit to improve the environment if we can do anything to change that we will.  Deposit return systems for plastic bottles work well across Scandinavia and elsewhere and are popular - we hope our deposit reward scheme at our bars across Edinburgh show how simple it is to recycle plastic bottles and increase recycling rates.

"The environment is more important than any business or any person so therefore we need a Parliamentary decision on taking actions on recycling."

ENDS…

* Please see below a copy of Miles’ Parliamentary motion.

Motion Number: S5M-07064
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 08/08/2017

Title: Boda Bars Recycling Plastic Bottles

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates Boda Bars for introducing a plastic bottle recycling reward scheme, whereby customers can recycle their plastic bottles at any of Boda Bars' premises and receive 10p off a tea or coffee for every plastic bottle handed in; understands that Boda Bars, which has six premises in Edinburgh, is the first business in Scotland to introduce its own reward scheme to recycle plastic bottles; welcomes the initiative shown by the company to reduce the amount of plastic waste; notes that over 33 million plastic bottles are bought in the UK every day and that around 22,000 tonnes of plastic drinks bottles go to landfill in Scotland each year; believes that action is required to increase recycling rates and that all options that may help reduce litter in Lothian and across Scotland need to be considered, including a deposit return system for plastic bottles and cans, and wishes Boda Bars every success in helping to increase recycling rates of plastic bottles.

Miles Briggs