News & Updates


August 30th, 2017

The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland recently submitted this extensive briefing on deposit return systems to the Scottish Parliament.


February 10th, 2017

Every day, millions of drinks cans and bottles are discarded, many ending up as litter in our countryside and in our seas. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our seas every year, killing marine life, threatening ecosystems and entering the food chain.

Deposit return means you pay a small deposit on every drinks can or bottle, which is refunded in full when you return your empty cans and bottles. More than a quarter of a billion people around the world use this system every day: it’s popular and it works, with many countries seeing 95% or more of their empty cans and bottles returned. This reduces litter, cuts costs for local councils, and boosts jobs in the circular economy.

Scotland was ahead of the curve on the plastic bag charge, and this is the obvious next step. With a deposit return system for Scotland we can not only help tackle our litter problem but also set a good example to the rest of the UK.

Sign our petition here.


February 3rd, 2017

In 2015, Zero Waste Scotland commissioned this research into the feasibility of a deposit return system in Scotland.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2015 briefing note is available here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 International Deposit Return Briefing is available here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 Briefing for Small and Medium sized businesses is available here.


April 29th, 2016

Our 2016 Local Authority Briefing is available here.


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