Scottish DRS could see a 90 per cent reduction in litter

According to new estimates from sustainability body Zero Waste Scotland, Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS) will result in almost 31,000 fewer plastic bottles littered in Scotland each day – adding up to more than 11 million each year.

The scheme, which is expected to be implemented later this year, will place a 20 pence deposit on a variety of drinks containers, which can then be reclaimed when consumers return their empty containers for recycling.

Plastic is only one of the materials covered by the scheme, which will also include steel and aluminium cans, and glass bottles. Whilst the estimates from Zero Waste Scotland only consider the effects on plastic bottle waste, the overall impact on litter is expected to be even higher: it is suggested Scotland could see a 90 per cent reduction in litter for the materials included in the scheme.