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Deposit return system feasibility study

Is a deposit return system feasible within Scotland?

This research aims to assess whether a deposit return system (DRS) would work in Scotland and what the key considerations might be in implementing a system.  It gathered evidence from key players potentially affected including deposit return experts and operators in other countries; drinks companies and trade bodies; retailers and logistics companies.

The study models what a Scottish system could look like, based on a comprehensive comparison of other systems operated across the globe.  The model included a deposit of between 10p and 20p per item, and covered all drinks and containers, including bottles, cans and cartons. 

Examples from deposit return systems already operating in countries including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Australia, Israel, the United States, and Canada were all looked at as part of the study. 

Download the report

In the right hand column you can download the review by Zero Waste Scotland of the feasibility study into deposit return systems carried out by Eunomia.

You can also download the full study carried out by Eunomia into the feasibility of deposit return system within Scotland.

Please note that this report was updated with revised carbon emission savings estimates in November 2015.

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