A Scottish Deposit Refund System

14th May 2015

by Tim Elliott, Dr Adrian Gibbs

Eunomia undertook a review for Zero Waste Scotland examining the feasibility of introducing a deposit refund system (DRS) in Scotland for one-way beverage containers.

The study found that none of the challenges posed by introducing a DRS was insuperable. The indicative financial costs for a Scottish DRS appear to be well within the range of schemes in other countries, and perhaps even at the lower end. The greatest costs resulting from the introduction of a DRS would fall upon consumers who do not return containers for recycling, but these foregone deposits would effectively fund the DRS’s operation.

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