Bottle Bill Resource Guide

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on (5 September 2017) announced that Scotland will introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers. Zero Waste Scotland will coordinate work to design the system, working with stakeholders and continuing to build the evidence base.

The measure is aimed at increasing recycling and tackling litter, and was announced alongside the establishment of an expert panel to consider fiscal and other measures, for example a levy on single use cups.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Name of Program
Date Implemented TBA
Containers Covered

All single-use containers between 50 mL and 3 L made of the following materials:

  • PET Plastic
  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Glass
Fees and Taxes


Refundable Deposit


Unclaimed deposits

Goes into Financial Case; use to fund redemption scheme

Handling Fees


Redemption System

Return to retailer (including remote sales) and designated return points

Program Success




The Scottish government opened consultations for feedback on how to develop a planned deposit return scheme to the public, running from September 25, 2018 to June 27, 2018. Responses came from organizations, individuals and campaign respondents. An independent analysis of the consultation responses was presented to Parliament on September 10, 2019, with a set of proposed regulations for how the deposit scheme should function. Specific guidelines include:

  • Refundable 20p deposit on single-use containers made of PET plastic, steel, aluminium, and glass
  • "return to any retailer selling drinks covered by the scheme." [1] This includes online retailers
  • Return points will be available that aren't retailers, including recycling centres
  • Target redemption percentage goals for the first three years of the deposit scheme

The scheme will be enforced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).



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