Size of deposit set for Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

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Scotland is planning a deposit return scheme which will include aluminium and steel cans as well as drinks containers made of glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic as part of plans to combat climate change. The scheme is based on successful international equivalents and will be widely accessible, with all shops which sell drinks offering deposit refunds to customers. The amount of the deposit will be 20p.

Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

Scotland was the first part of the UK to commit to a deposit return scheme as part of our wider efforts to prevent discarded drinks containers from ending up in our streets and seas, and is now the first to outline its design – one that is ambitious in scale and scope, and which gives the people of Scotland a clear and straightforward way to do their bit for the environment.”

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We will keep you updated regarding the scheme’s implementation.