Deposit return scheme

We plan to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, to help improve quality and quantity of recycling, reduce litter and achieve our climate change targets.

The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020, laid in the Scottish Parliament in March 2020, will create the legal framework for the scheme. If approved, the scheme will go live in July 2022.

The Environmental Regulation (Enforcement Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 has also been laid, giving additional powers to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to enforce the scheme.

Alongside the Regulations, we have also published:

Details of the deposit return scheme were annnounced in May 2019, following a public consultation in 2018. Read an analysis of responses to the consultation.

The policy has been designed in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.

Deposit Return Scheme Implementation Advisory Group­­

We have set up the Deposit Return Scheme Implementation Advisory Group to provide industry experience and advice on practical issues relating to the operation of the scheme.