Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to commit to a deposit return system for bottles and cans. This system will include PET plastic bottles (for example fizzy drinks and water bottles), glass bottles and steel/aluminium drinks cans. All drinks that come in those container types will be included, both soft drinks and alcoholic. Prices for drinks in those types of containers will include a deposit of 20p per container. The scheme aims to capture 90% of drinks containers for recycling within three years.
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.
We’ve created a information sheet that gives answers to some commonly asked questions about Scotland’s upcoming deposit return system. You can download the document here.Read on >
Dave from Ride Brewing tells us:
” I think we need to stop being so wasteful with everything. Society now is just so much about using things once and then dumping it. That needs to stop. There’s only so much gold in the world, there’s only so much aluminium, there’s only so much sand. We need to stop. Otherwise, we’re getting a climate emergency fairly soon.Read on >