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.

Litter

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.

Recycling

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.

Jobs

Litter and landfill aren't just wasteful, they're bad for the planet.

Climate Change

Comment

“Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum are supportive of Deposit Return Systems for beverage and other containers. We recognise that placing a monetary value on such materials gives them a tangible value that the public will recognise over and above their intrinsic value as a resource.

Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative- ALi, believed to be the largest Adopt – a – Street project in the UK, has been going for 10 years with 620 members many of whom report that beverage containers form a large part of the litter that they collect.   DRS will undoubtedly lead to a reduction in such littering behaviour and act as another ‘environmental’ nudge to the general public.”

Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum

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