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!


“We would absolutely love to see a deposit return system introduced into Scotland and the rest of the UK on glass, metal and plastic containers.The mechanics would be fairly simple to organise, the reward in terms of the environment on many levels would be tremendous. What’s not to like?”

Williams Bros. Brewing Co.

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