A deposit return scheme for Scotland: full business case stage 1

08 May 2019

The Scottish Government is committed to creating a more circular economy, preventing litter and addressing climate change.
Current recycling rates and rate of growth, the quality of recycled material, the impact of litter in Scottish towns and countryside and the economic and social opportunities offered by addressing these issues reaffirm the need for action.
Four investment objectives are identified for assessing the impact of a Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS):

  • Improving recycling quantity.
  • Improving recycling quality.
  • Encouraging wider behaviour change around materials.
  • Delivering maximum economic and societal benefit for Scotland during the transition to a low carbon world.

This Full Business Case (FBC) Stage 1 identifies a preferred scheme design – developed from work completed for the Outline Business Case (OBC), submissions received to the public consultation, additional data gathered, and modelling work that has been undertaken since the OBC was completed.

Geographic Coverage