For anyone who doesn’t recognise the campaign name, ‘Don’t Lose your Bottle’ it has been changed to distinguish it from a similar campaign by Campaign For Rural England but the aim of our campaign is similar. The change of name was discussed and voted for in one of our Monday night campaigns meetings.

It’s been an exciting few months during which this campaign has really started to take off. The background research is almost done. This includes case studies of how plastic bottle Deposit Return Schemes work in other countries, information and statistics we will need and promotional materials such as leaflets and webpage content. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked hard on these tasks or any other tasks so far.

We have also had the exciting news that two well-known chain supermarkets, Iceland and The Co-Op, have declared that they support the proposal for a plastic bottle Deposit Return Scheme. This has been very encouraging as it shows that the way is being paved for our campaign.

We have been planning the launch event for the campaign for 13th January 2018. At time of writing this hasn’t yet happened, look out for news of how it went in later newsletters. We have planned to have a stall offering supporters and passers-by information on the campaign and asking them to sign a petition in support of a Deposit Return Scheme on plastic bottles. We have also planned a photo stunt opportunity wearing a cardboard costume with plastic bottles on it. This resource will be used at different points in the campaign and then the materials will be recycled or reused.

Watch this space for an update on the launch in the next newsletter! In the meantime, if you would like a campaign update or to get involved in the campaign at any time, please email Updates can be sent as one-offs or you can email Jodie to ask to be added to the group email list for the campaign where regular updates are sent.

2018 looks set to be exciting for this campaign! Thank you again to everyone who has volunteered to help with the campaign so far or supported us with it in any way. We couldn’t do it without you! Onwards and upwards!