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.
Our partners at the Marine Conservation Society have just released the results from their 2018 Great British Beach Clean. It’s a record year for them, with double the number of volunteers joining in compared to last year’s event! They also recorded an average of 16 drinks containers (plastic, glass and metal) for every stretch of beach surveyed. This is further evidence for the importance of a deposit return system that includes all types of drinks containers, and why we’re so glad that the Scottish Government have ambitious plans.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has published new data on the types and sizes of drinks containers found littered in England. A team of volunteers from across the country found more than 11,000 bottles and cans of all shapes and sizes. Of these, 34% were plastic, 50% aluminium, and 15% glass. This highlights the need for a comprehensive deposit return system that includes all sizes of drinks containers made from all materials.Read on >