Deposit Return Scheme

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme for drinks cans and bottles goes live on 16 August 2023.

The introduction of a deposit return scheme will be a major milestone in Scotland’s recycling journey and a significant step on the route towards a circular economy.

Deposit return schemes operate in many countries where they help tackle climate change and reduce litter. Scotland’s scheme has been designed to meet our unique needs, tackle our throwaway culture and help protect our environment for generations to come.

To help inform stakeholders that the Deposit Return Scheme is coming, why it’s important and what industry’s responsibilities are, we have produced a range of communication materials. These are aimed at producers, retailers, wholesalers and the hospitality industry. (Public-facing materials aimed at consumers will follow next year.)

Your support is invaluable in helping industry prepare for the rollout of the scheme and we actively encourage you to share these materials with stakeholders to help spread the word about Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

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