Deposit return scheme for Scotland: summary

Summary of the Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland consultation paper.

What is a Deposit Return Scheme?

In a deposit return scheme, the price you pay for a product included in the scheme will include a small extra amount – the deposit – which is given back when the item is returned to a specific point.

What this means in practice is that, when someone buys a drink in a bottle or can, they can get some of the cost back after they have used it, when they return the container to a deposit return point.

We want people to give their views on the different options for a deposit return scheme.


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