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.
8 years ago, Whitmuir the Organic Place worked with the Scottish Government to run a deposit return pilot. “Our customers were really supportive of it. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get to this point. The Government really needs to make this happen soon, because it’ll be a really popular intervention. One of the difficulties […]Read on >
Zsuzsa and Gerry from Leithers Don’t Litter tell us:
“The number of cans, bottles and single use drinks containers we find in the street is incredible! And it gives the lie to industry’s claim that it’s all being well recycled. Well, it’s clearly not. They say that kerbside recycling is working well. If it works so well, why do we keep finding so many bottles lying around? In a two minute litter pick in Leith, we found 30 cans and glass bottles. We need a system where people will actively want to return their empties, so it just becomes a routine part of life.
We really want to encourage the Government to have a world leading system that includes all single-use drinks containers.”