The UK’s first deposit return scheme will go live across Scotland on 16 August 2023, with the aim of recycling billions of bottles and cans every year. People will pay a 20 pence deposit when they buy a drink that comes in a single-use container made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, steel and aluminium, or glass, and will get their money back when they return the empty container to a return point.
Key milestones for delivery of the scheme include:
- a public awareness campaign will be launched by August 2022, while counting and sorting centres will start to be built
- rolling out the return infrastructure by retailers, which will start from summer 2022
- a community-run return scheme operating in Orkney by November 2022
- the process to register producers will be undertaken by Circularity Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in January 2023
- end-to-end testing of containers through the system will occur by July 2023
Source: Scottish Government, 14 December 2021