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The Scottish Government Plan to Introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

Jul 8, 2019

With a Deposit Return Scheme, the price you pay for a product included in the scheme will include a small charge ‘the deposit’ which is given back when the item is returned to a specific point.

So, when someone buys a drink in a plastic bottle or aluminium can, they can get some of the cost back when they return the empty container to deposit return point.

From 27th June to 25th September 2018, the Scottish Government ran a consultation, A deposit return scheme for Scotland to gain views on which options will deliver the best results.

The deposit return scheme aims to:

  • increase the quantity of target materials captured for recycling
  • improve the quality of material captured, to allow for high-value recycling
  • encourage wider behaviour changes in the uses of materials
  • deliver the maximum economic and social benefit for Scotland

Source:  Scottish Government –

The Problem

As the realisation about the negative impact of plastic pollution hits the headlines more and more, everyone needs to take action to avoid the Ellen MacArther Foundation’s findings that there will be more plastics than fish in the sea by 2050 and the damage to our environment becomes impossible to reverse.

‘The Scottish Government is committed to creating a more circular economy where things are made to last, preventing litter and addressing climate change for the betterment of our environment, economy and society.’

Source: / Friends of the Earth Scotland

The Solution

recyclever® provides the ideal solution to start to support a circular economy.

In the 2017 Programme for Government, the First Minister committed to introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers in Scotland.

recyclever® are ready when the Scottish Government are to help them support a circular economy. 

Our reverse vending machines provide the ideal solution.  The machines can be customised to provide a mechanism to offer consumers a way to return their single use plastic bottles and aluminium cans in return for a reward to suit the exact specification of the Scottish Government.

Scotland have paved the way to develop a scheme helping improve the environment and make the World a safer place to live. 

We are sure with the help of a competitively priced recyclever® reverse vending machine, they will succeed.

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