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


“Wardie Bay Beachwatch in Granton, Edinburgh consists of a local group of volunteers working for the Marine Conservation Society as part of their nationwide Beachwatch survey. We absolutely support a deposit return system being introduced in Scotland to guide people into more resource efficient consumer practices, maximising recycling rates and minimising production of new, single-use plastics. We need urgent behaviour change driven by government and industry to stop plastic waste polluting our environment and killing our wildlife.”

WardieBay Beachwatch

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