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!


“The British Horse Society is passionate about making every horse and rider as safe as possible while out enjoying Scotland’s roads and countrysides. Deposit return systems in other countries reduce litter and we want one in Scotland, helping to make the out-of-doors safer and maintaining its beauty.”

The British Horse Society Scotland

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