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Deposit Return Scheme – new live date: October 2025

Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme will now go live in October 2025.

What is the scheme?
The scheme aims to improve recycling rates, increase the quality of recycling materials, and significantly reduce litter in Scotland.

How will it work?
People will pay a 20p deposit when they buy a drink that comes in a single-use container made of PET plastic, steel and aluminium, or glass. They will get their money back when they return the empty container to one of tens of thousands of return points.

The scheme will have implications for producers, retailers, wholesalers and hospitality and tourism businesses so please be prepared by following the guidance on the Deposit Return Scheme website.

Circularity Scotland have developed Deposit Return Scheme toolkits available to support Producers, Retailers and Hospitality businesses with their communications. Find out more.