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.Read our full press release here
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.
For the first time, UK supermarkets Iceland and Co-op have announced their support for deposit return systems. They recognise the importance of taking responsibility in the struggle to reduce the amount of plastic pollution on or land and in our oceans.
A recent article from the United Nations Environment Programme explains the benefits of deposit return systems. It highlights the fact that deposit-return systems are growing in popularity, and explains the many benefits of deposits, including higher collection rates and reduced litter, as well as the economic savings to municipalities from avoided collection, sorting, and disposal costs. The article also makes the point that deposits can work not only in wealthy countries, but in low-income countries too.