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


‘Luvians is a small, family-owned bottle shop in Fife. We are rooted in the community and supported the carrier bag charge, which has been good for our business, the environment and our customers. A Scottish deposit return system would be of similar value. It works for shops like ours in other countries and it would work for businesses like ours in Scotland. We would sign up tomorrow if one were introduced here.’

Luvians Bottle Shop

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