Consultation results published 21st February 2019

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Drinks containers littered in Scotland since this date


Estimate based on research from Eunomia, an independent consultancy.

Of which plastic bottles


Of which cans


Of which glass


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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

We want an ambitious and inclusive deposit system for Scotland.


“Margiotta Food and Wine is a family-run chain of convenience stores in Edinburgh. We would happily to provide a drop off location for bottle returns in the capital. Not only would this help reduce the litter and waste throughout local communities but it is one more simple thing we can do to help conserve the environment.”

Margiotta Food and Wine