Deposit return system: wasteful and complicated

A deposit return system would be wasteful and complicated to operate.

It would not be based on a reuse system, but would scrap and recycle cans, cartons and bottles in the same way as existing kerbside recycling systems.

Research and evidence shows:

      • A.G Barr has operated a deposit return system for over a century and has experienced significant drops in return rates since kerbside recycling
      • It could cost up to £7 billion to establish
      • Extra collections would be needed to empty vending machines or pick up empties from retailers on top of existing waste and recycling collections
      • Consumers who normally use online shopping will need to plan to return containers to retailers
      • If 2% of consumers make a special journey to claim back deposits this would add 6,000 tonnes of carbon emission