Consultation on a deposit return scheme for drinks containers

03 July 2018

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A Scottish Government consultation on developing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers opened on 27 June 2018.

Around 2.5 billion single-use drinks containers are sold in Scotland every year and it is hoped that a deposit return scheme would help reduce current levels of plastic pollution. Under the new scheme people would pay a small deposit when they buy a drink in a single-use container and get that money back when it is returned empty. Some countries with deposit return schemes are achieving up to 95% recycling rates for drinks containers compared to 50% in Scotland.

The consultation, which will run until 25 September 2018, asks for views on:

  • how much the deposit should be
  • where people could return items
  • what sort of materials and products should be included

Source: Scottish Government, 27 June 2018