A Scottish Deposit Return System for drinks packaging.

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.

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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

Why does Scotland need a deposit return system?

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.

Local Councils

When people get money back for recycling, it changes attitudes and changes behaviour.


Collecting empty packaging more efficiently provides better materials for industry.

Circular Economy

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.

Climate Change

What should Scotland's deposit return system look like?


“ACE care about the Environment and can testify first-hand to the benefits of recycling and the creation of more environmentally related supported employment opportunities for residents in Scotland.

A community driven Deposit Return System is needed to ensure we can address post consumer litter. Through this initiative we can release more funds to enable effective environmental action in key areas such as our beaches, marine environment, waterways and roadsides.”

ACE Recycling

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