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Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme

On Wednesday, the Scottish Government unveiled its detailed plans for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced an ambitious scheme that will see a 20p deposit charged on drinks that come in PET plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans and glass bottles.

The announcement offers a blueprint for a world-class deposit return scheme, which will be a game-changer for recycling in Scotland and an important step in the fight against climate change.

The scheme explained

From the deposit level, to which materials are included, Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, Jill Farrell, explores the design of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme and the benefits it offers.

Save the date – deposit return event with the Environment Secretary

The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland are holding an event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 22 May to give key stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme. It’s your chance to hear from the Environment Secretary and to gain insight into how the scheme will be implemented. Register your interest here


We know you have lots of questions about Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme and how it will work. So Zero Waste Scotland have developed a dedicated pack for stakeholders which explains how Scotland’s scheme will work, and provides practical resources and shareable content for you, your staff, and to share via your communications channels.

Deposit return is already well established in many countries. While careful attention has been paid to Scotland’s needs as a country, the scheme also builds on the successes and lessons learned from abroad.

Further information

For more information, including a comprehensive list of FAQs, please visit the Zero Waste Scotland website.





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