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!


‘Littering has consequences for wild land areas and wildlife. The knock-on effects from littering – from consumption of non-sustainable resources to energy consumption to landtake by disposal sites – eventually impact our wild land. Littering is even more offensive when it takes place in otherwise pristine landscapes. Success in pushing for deposit return in Scotland will contribute to the circular economy, which promotes more sustainable resource use.’

Scottish Wild Land Group

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