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!


‘Wild Planet Explorers works with young children, parents and teachers, sharing the amazing biology of animals in a fun and interactive way. Children learn that, for some of these animals, littering – particularly plastics – has a direct influence on their survival. Deposit return systems are effective in many countries around the world in all but eliminating the littering of bottles and cans. All of us – but especially children – should have the opportunity to enjoy a litter-free world, as should the wildlife we share it with. We support this campaign to introduce a deposit return system in Scotland to achieve that.’

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