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!


“As a community development charity with environmental objectives that operates in one of Scotland’s most beautiful, biodiverse and popular tourism areas we support a deposit return system. Sadly pollution from plastics and other materials people throw away  is a problem on Mull and Iona, degrading both the local environmental and visitors’ experience.  Working on an island we also have the challenge of limited space and resources for landfilling and processing.  So initiatives (particularly schemes like this which are proven to work) that tackle littering and promote recycling will benefit both local people and those who visit our special islands!”

Mull and Iona Community Trust

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