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!


“The 2017 Edinburgh Coffee Festival became the UK’s first fully compostable coffee festival. This experience has given us, as organisers, some insight in to different recycling schemes. In our view the introduction of a national Deposit Return System will be a massive step forward in addressing the problem of plastic waste impacting on the environment and we are delighted to support the campaign.”

Edinburgh Coffee Festival

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