Scotland's got the bottle!

Scotland has become the first nation in the UK to commit to a deposit return system for bottles and cans. This system will include PET plastic bottles (for example fizzy drinks and water bottles), glass bottles and steel/aluminium drinks cans. All drinks that come in those container types will be included, both soft drinks and alcoholic. Prices for drinks in those types of containers will include a deposit of 20p per container. The scheme aims to capture 90% of drinks containers for recycling within three years.

Image Credit: Andy Wright

A Scottish Deposit Return System for drinks packaging.

How would it work in practice? Easy. You pay a small deposit when you buy cans and bottles, and get it back when you return them.

Find out more about deposit return

And could it work here? Of course. Deposit return works reliably around the world, and there's no reason Scotland can't be next.

Read the international evidence

Why does Scotland need a deposit return system?

If we want to reduce litter and clean up Scotland, nothing else comes even close.

Litter

Less litter for Scottish councils to pick up means cost savings for local taxpayers.

Local Councils

When people get money back for recycling, it changes attitudes and changes behaviour.

Recycling

Collecting empty packaging more efficiently provides better materials for industry.

Circular Economy

There will be more good quality jobs in manufacturing as well as in recycling.

Jobs

Litter and landfill aren't just wasteful, they're bad for the planet.

Climate Change

We want an ambitious and inclusive deposit system for Scotland.

Comment

“CalMac serves some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and as an organisation we are concerned about marine litter, given the impact it continues to have on our beaches and marine wildlife. Our passengers and the communities we serve care about protecting the local environment, and we support deposit return as one way to reduce littering and increase recycling rates.

We anticipate that deposits will reduce contamination of the items we collect for recycling on board and help us to achieve our recycling targets. When a deposit return system comes in, we are confident that facilities to recycle these empties either in or near our terminals will be well used, given the small financial incentive of the deposit. We would certainly wish to be involved in any early discussions to ensure that the system Ministers introduce works well for transport operators and our passengers alike.”

CalMac Ferries

Our Partners