How would it work in practice? Easy. You pay a small deposit when you buy cans and bottles, and get it back when you return them.Find out more about deposit return
And could it work here? Of course. Deposit return works reliably around the world, and there's no reason Scotland can't be next.Read the international evidence
If we want to reduce litter and clean up Scotland, nothing else comes even close.
Less litter for Scottish councils to pick up means cost savings for local taxpayers.
When people get money back for recycling, it changes attitudes and changes behaviour.
Collecting empty packaging more efficiently provides better materials for industry.
There will be more good quality jobs in manufacturing as well as in recycling.
Litter and landfill aren't just wasteful, they're bad for the planet.
Every day, millions of drinks cans and bottles are discarded, many ending up as litter in our countryside and in our seas. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our seas every year, killing marine life, threatening ecosystems and entering the food chain.
Deposit return means you pay a small deposit on every drinks can or bottle, which is refunded in full when you return your empty cans and bottles. More than a quarter of a billion people around the world use this system every day: it’s popular and it works, with many countries seeing 95% or more of their empty cans and bottles returned. This reduces litter, cuts costs for local councils, and boosts jobs in the circular economy.
Scotland was ahead of the curve on the plastic bag charge, and this is the obvious next step. With a deposit return system for Scotland we can not only help tackle our litter problem but also set a good example to the rest of the UK.
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John Humphrys discusses the success of the plastic bag charge, and explains here why he believes that the British people would embrace a deposit return system for drinks containers.