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.
In a significant development, Tesco have now stated that they support a Deposit Return System.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee say that people should pay a deposit for using plastic bottles in an attempt to protect the seas from the “devastating effects” of plastic pollution. This is an encouraging development which indicates that England may follow Scotland’s lead in the introduction of a deposit return system.