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!


“Mull Otter Group and our Adopt-a-Beach scheme supports a deposit return system for plastic bottles. More plastic will be recycled, and less will end up on our beaches and in the marine food chain. This can only benefit otters and other marine life.”

Mull Otter Group