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!


“A Scottish deposit return system ticks a lot of boxes – it’s good for our business, good for our customers and good for our environment. We would welcome the opportunity to take back our customers’ empty drinks containers, for which they receive a small deposit. No doubt such a scheme would be popular with existing customers, but it would also likely attract new ones and would increase footfall – and possibly sales – in our shop.”

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