How it Works

Deposit return systems give consumers an incentive to recycle their empty drinks container. When you buy a drink, you pay a small amount extra for the bottle or can. This money is fully refunded when the container is returned for recycling.
This first short video explains the deposit return cycle, and this second video gives answers to some frequently asked questions. This video highlights how deposit return helps to reduce litter and increase recycling.
This diagram shows what happens from the customer paying a deposit when they purchase a drink, to how they get their refund, and what happens to the bottle or can next!


“Scotland’s mountains are truly amazing and we must all work together to ensure they stay that way. Those who enjoy them – hillwalkers, climbers, mountaineers and others – all have a part to play and should leave nothing but footprints. A deposit return system would encourage everyone to reduce their litter and the impact on the mountain landscapes we cherish. That’s why we support this campaign.”

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