The regulations provide specific guidance on the responsibilities of both drinks producers and retailers.
Full details and FAQs are available on our dedicated deposit return website.
Deposit return is operated in many countries and works by the consumer paying a small deposit in addition to the retail price when they buy a single use container. In Scotland the deposit will be 20p.
People get their deposit back when they return the container to a shop or other return point. They can hand back over the counter, through a reverse vending machine, or via online retailers, who must offer a takeback service.
The materials included in the scheme are:
Scotland is the first nation in the UK to commit to a scheme which will generate carbon savings, tackle climate change and prevent litter.
The regulations for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme were published on the 10th of September 2019 by the Scottish Parliament. Once the legislation process is complete, there will be a period of at least 12 months to get ready before the scheme becomes operational.
Zero Waste Scotland have advised the Scottish Government on scheme design and is providing support on its implementation. To read more about Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme click here.
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