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!
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Comment

“Cousland Village Hall Association is a charity which exists to promote the wellbeing of the villagers of Cousland and the surrounding area. One of the activities we organise to help meet this objective is our Spring Clean litter-pick. The big items like tyres and household furniture always catch the eye but our collecting bags are mainly filled by discarded food wrappers and containers and in particular, plastic and glass bottles. Deposit return systems are effective in many countries around the world in successfully reducing the littering of bottles and cans. All of us should have the opportunity to enjoy our towns, villages and countryside free from litter. We support this campaign to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland to help achieve that.”

Cousland Village Hall Association


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