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Scotland’s game-changing deposit return scheme unveiled

The Scottish Government has unveiled the details of Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

The scheme, which has been designed to maximise environmental benefits and ease of use, will include aluminium and steel cans as well as glass and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles.

The deposit will be set at 20p and the scheme will be widely accessible, with all shops and takeaway restaurants or cafes which sell drinks offering deposit refunds to customers.

The details of the scheme were announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Zero Waste Scotland has been advising the Scottish Government on the design of the scheme, which builds on evidence from successful international schemes and the response to the Scottish Government’s public consultation.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, Jill Farrell, says the scheme will be a “game-changer” for recycling and the circular economy in Scotland.

“By giving people an extra incentive to do something good for our environment, and having a consistent approach across Scotland, it will be easier for all of us to do the right thing. This will improve the volume and quality of recycling and help tackle litter in the process.

“With a huge network of places to return your bottles and cans, it will be just as easy to return a drink as it is to buy one in the first place. I’m proud of Zero Waste Scotland’s role in advising the Scottish Government on this design, which has resulted in a blueprint for a world-class scheme.”

The Scottish Government has also published the Stage 1 Full Business Case for the scheme. This document, which provides the overarching framework for the preferred scheme design and commercial approach, can be access on the Scottish Government website.

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