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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


“As an alcohol company that prides itself on giving back to the environment we feel that any efforts towards reducing waste and encouraging recycling of glass bottles are of the utmost importance.  We are in a climate emergency and the time to act is now.
In the words of Robert Swan – the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
We shouldn’t wait for change, we should be the change and leave a legacy to be proud of for our children and the generations that follow.  We could think of nothing worse than being the generation that goes down in history for knowing all the facts and still never doing anything about it.
People often find change difficult at first but they always find a way to adapt so let’s make the change, in the hope for a greener cleaner world!”

The Garden Shed Drinks Co.

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