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!


“Edinburgh Triathletes is proud to support the Have You Got The Bottle campaign.  As a club affiliated to TriathlonScotland, we run our races under their rules, which includes disqualification for competitors caught littering things like drinks containers. A deposit return system in Scotland would promote recycling and help us all to reduce our sport’s impact on the environment.”

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