Scotland's Got The Bottle!

Scottish businesses, charities, social enterprises and local government have lined up to welcome the First Minister’s announcement during today’s Programme for Government speech that Scottish Ministers will introduce a deposit return system for Scotland.

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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.

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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


“We are a small Perth-based Social Enterprise that operate two busy cafes and an outside catering business amongst other projects. We are passionate about creating awareness and making a difference to our environment on a local and national scale. This innovative scheme will not only be good for litter and waste reduction, it will also help the local economy and create more opportunities for businesses.”

Giraffe Trading

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