Deposit return scheme
We are seeking to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers which, if realised, will be the first in the UK.
A deposit return scheme would help to reduce litter and improve recycling rates, representing a significant step towards achieving our zero waste ambition.
From 27 June to 25 September 2018 we ran a consultation, A deposit return scheme for Scotland, to seek views on which options will deliver the best results.
See the consultation summary.
With the deposit return scheme, we aim to:
- increase the quantity of target materials captured for recycling
- improve the quality of material captured, to allow for high-value recycling
- encourage wider behaviour changes in the uses of materials
- deliver the maximum economic and social benefit for Scotland
We are supporting Zero Waste Scotland to design a scheme that it is tailored to meet Scotland's specific needs.
Zero Waste Scotland will work closely with the business community to ensure an evidence-based approach, and carefully consider equalities and social justice issues on which the scheme may have an impact.