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

What should Scotland's deposit return system look like?


“We’re a small Scottish brewery and we bottle most of our beer, so anything that can save us money on materials, reuse valuable resources and benefit the environment is something we’d strongly support. While the mechanics of a deposit and return scheme would need to be carefully worked out so it doesn’t place a bureaucratic burden on small businesses such as ours, in principle it looks like a great idea.”

Bellfield Brewery

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