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.

Read the international evidence

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


“Cousland Village Hall Association is a charity which exists to promote the wellbeing of the villagers of Cousland and the surrounding area. One of the activities we organise to help meet this objective is our Spring Clean litter-pick. The big items like tyres and household furniture always catch the eye but our collecting bags are mainly filled by discarded food wrappers and containers and in particular, plastic and glass bottles. Deposit return systems are effective in many countries around the world in successfully reducing the littering of bottles and cans. All of us should have the opportunity to enjoy our towns, villages and countryside free from litter. We support this campaign to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland to help achieve that.”

Cousland Village Hall Association

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