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 Scottish Wildlife Trust supports the ‘Have You Got The Bottle?’ campaign because a deposit return system could be a strong element of a circular economy, reducing waste and energy consumption.  Such a scheme would also lead to a reduction in litter on our reserves and in the wider countryside, improving the environment for people and wildlife.’

Scottish Wildlife Trust

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