How does it work: For business

Deposit return would bring a range of benefits to business in Scotland. We have a growing number of campaign partners from the catering and hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors. They have signed up to call for a deposit return system in Scotland because they don’t want to miss out on the benefits it will bring them.

Businesses in Scotland’s catering and hospitality sectors already collect empty drinks cans and bottles from their customers and generally pay for them to be taken away as trade waste. In countries with deposit return, companies like these are instead paid a small handling fee for each container returned (in addition to the refund of the deposit). The experience from elsewhere is that collections can also be arranged as required, including at short notice, so no-one ever has to wait to have bags of empties collected.

Retailers and off-licenses, who sell drinks to be consumed elsewhere, would expect to see increased footfall from customers returning empties to their premises. They would also receive a small handling fee and, as in other countries with deposit return, would be free to choose the system that works best for them, either taking empties back over the counter or through a reverse vending machine.

Scottish bottlers and manufacturers can use deposit return to help create a strong circular economy that sets Scotland up for future economic success. Deposit return would ensure more of the packaging they use is returned and the materials reused, rather than ending up as litter – and damaging their brand – or in landfill. Deposit return in other countries has improved the quality and affordability of recycled materials collected, so local bottlers and manufacturers can benefit from using these. Our business briefing explains the benefits here.

Retailers and off-licenses, who sell drinks to be consumed elsewhere, would expect to see increased footfall from customers returning empties to their premises. They would also receive a small handling fee per container and, as in other countries with deposit return, would be free to choose the system that works best for them, either taking empties back over the counter or through a reverse vending machine. Smaller retailers would also be able to choose not to take part if they preferred.

“Not only is a deposit return system staggeringly effective, it would also be easy – even for a small business like ours. Over the counter collections of tins and PET could (and should) be implemented tomorrow; dramatically reducing waste and making a small indent in our overheads”.

Cornelius Beer & Wine, Edinburgh.

Businesses in Scotland’s catering and hospitality sectors already collect empty drinks cans and bottles from their customers and generally pay for them to be taken away as trade waste. In countries with deposit return, companies like these are instead paid a small handling fee for each container returned (in addition to the refund of the deposit). What business wouldn’t like to swap a regular cost for a little revenue? The process is more convenient too.

“We piloted a deposit return system in our farm shop at Whitmuir because, as farmers, we know that recycling reduces waste and that’s good for our countryside, our climate and our planet”.

Whitmuir Farm, West Linton

 

Scottish bottlers and manufacturers can use deposit return to help create a strong circular economy that sets Scotland up for future economic success. Deposit return would ensure more of the packaging they use is returned and the materials reused, rather than ending up as litter or in landfill. Deposit return in other countries has improved the quality of recycled materials collected, so local bottlers and manufacturers can benefit from using these.

Comment

“We support the introduction of a deposit return system as it raises awareness of environmental issues and puts a value on resources which are currently devalued. At the same time it should increase recycling rates, reduce energy use and perhaps start a conversation about what else we ought to be valuing in our environment.”

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