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First in Scotland – Deposit Return Scheme

June 15, 2018

First Deposit Return scheme with Reverse Vending in Scotland


Iceland’s in-store trial of RVM coincides with Zero Waste Scotland’s ongoing investigation into design options for a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. The Scottish Government announced its intention to introduce DRS last September, with the UK Government following suit last spring.


Iceland customers will receive 10 pence for every plastic bottle recycled through the revend Reverse Vending Machine ( the bottles must be purchased at Iceland Stores)

RVM Systems installed the first machine in the Fulham Iceland store on the 18th May 2018. This was an industry first , as it was the first deposit return installation in a UK Supermarket.

On the 6th June 2018 we installed Scotland’s first Deposit Return scheme in the Musselburgh store.

The frozen food giant is expected to share insights gained from its RVM trial with both the UK and Scottish governments as they continue to consult on deposit return.

Iceland Foods Group managing director Richard Walker said the trial represents further progress in the firm’s commitment to tackling plastic pollution.

“While the initial trial in London (with RVM Systems) has been a success Iceland Foods feel it is important to include insights from consumers elsewhere in the UK to get a better understanding of the challenges we might face,”

Richard Walker managing director of Iceland Foods Group said “At least one third of plastics, much of this relating to packaging, is single use and then discarded – plastic bottles are a prime example of this. Through our trials, we hope to understand how to make it easier for people to act in an environmentally conscious way while tackling the threat of the millions of plastic bottles that go unrecycled every day.”

Scottish Government environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham praised Iceland for trialling deposit return at its Musselburgh store.

“The reverse vending machine will provide valuable evidence on how to help reduce single-use plastic waste and encourage customers to change their own behaviour as we look to end Scotland’s throwaway culture,” she said.

“I would urge all manufacturers and retailers to follow Iceland’s example and consider what action they can take to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

“In the coming months, the Scottish Government will be consulting on a new deposit return scheme for drinks containers that will be one step to increase recycling rates right across Scotland.”


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May 12, 2018



Canary Wharf launches the first UK on-site Deposit Return Scheme as part of its “Breaking the Plastic Habit” Campaign

Visitors to Canary Wharf can now recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans using an innovative Deposit Return Scheme. This is the first publicly accessible recycling machine in the UK and coincides with the Government’s announcement to crack down on plastic pollution.

Positioned in Canada Place, thousands of people who come to Canary Wharf will be able to recycle their single-use plastic bottles and cans in a simple, easy and efficient way.

Currently, only 43% of the 13billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, with 700,000 littered each day. In Germany, 99% of plastic bottles are recycled after a similar Deposit Return Scheme was introduced there in 2003.*

This automated machine uses an innovative 360-degree scanning recognition system to identify, segregate, collect and process waste drink containers, creating a resource from recyclates that would otherwise likely be incinerated or sent to landfill. The Deposit Return Scheme at Canary Wharf will also have the ability to reward users with vouchers and discounts planned to roll out in the next few months.

Lugano Kapembwa, Sustainability Manager, Canary Wharf Group says, “We are proud to be the first in the UK to launch the Deposit Return Scheme to give our shoppers the opportunity to recycle their single-use plastic and metal. From our research we know that visitors to the Estate want to do more for the environment.

“This initiative follows on from the hugely successful ‘Wake Up And Smell The Coffee’ campaign launched last year to recycle coffee cups, lids and coffee grounds at Canary Wharf with 664,285 of coffee cups recycled instead of going to landfill.”

This new initiative is in direct response to feedback from Canary Wharf’s customer research undertaken last year as part of World Environment Day.

The installation of the unit is just one element of Canary Wharf’s 12 month ‘one-use plastics’ reduction and behavioural change campaign. Over the next few months, Canary Wharf will be examining next generation sustainability issues, with a focus on tackling the complex issue of plastics pollution as they lead the UK fight against one-use plastics (#refuseoneuse). Other upcoming activity in the campaign includes a pioneering total plastic straw ban, Estate-wide one-use plastics audit and a World Environment Day plastics debate.


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Environment Secretary announces next steps to explore opportunities of Deposit Return Scheme.

January 2, 2016
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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment Richard Lochhead

Environment Secretary announces next steps to explore opportunities of Deposit Return Scheme.

Retailer costs and the implications for small stores need further consideration before a decision is reached on a deposit return scheme for Scotland, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has said.

It comes as a Zero Waste Scotland report is published today identifying some of the issues involved in setting up and operating such a system. The report summarises evidence from deposit return experts and operators from other countries as well as drinks companies and trade bodies, retailers and logistics companies, environmental organisations and local government.

The Environment Secretary confirmed he has commissioned further research from Zero Waste Scotland – and intends to discuss the issues further with other Ministers from across the UK.


Mr Lochhead said:

“Like carrier bag charging, deposit return schemes attach a value to items that can otherwise be viewed as waste, and have proven successful in other countries at reducing litter and increasing recycling.

“The evidence gathered by Zero Waste Scotland highlights some of the potential benefits and concerns associated with a deposit return system for Scotland. I am listening closely as I consider whether such a scheme – which has worked successfully in other countries – would be right for Scotland.

(L-R) Sofie Rogers, Store Sustainability Responsible (IKEA); Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment; Iain Gulland, Director Zero Waste Scotland; Sean McArthur, Food Manager and Sustainability Manager (IKEA) in front of a reverse vending pilot project for glass , aluminium and PET at the Edinburgh IKEA store.

(L-R) Sofie Rogers, Store Sustainability Responsible (IKEA); Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment; Iain Gulland, Director Zero Waste Scotland; Sean McArthur, Food Manager and Sustainability Manager (IKEA) in front of a reverse vending pilot project for glass , aluminium and PET at the Edinburgh IKEA store.

Mr Lochhead said:

“In light of Belgium’s recent suggestion for an EU-wide deposit return scheme to help tackle litter and recycling, I intend to invite Ministers from Wales, Northern Ireland and the UK Government to Edinburgh next spring to discuss these new findings.


Mr Lochhead said:

“In the meantime, I have asked Zero Waste Scotland to undertake further work to look into the important issues raised by businesses, NGOs, and local government which include the implications for small stores, costs to retailers, and changes in customer behaviour where a deposit return scheme has been in place.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s study earlier this year explored the role that such a scheme could play in reducing litter, complementing local authority recycling services, and improving the quality of materials recycled.

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IKEA Reverse Vending Machine gives 10p reward for each used IKEA drink can or bottle returned through a Reverse Vending Machine

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Notes To Editors

At the request of Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland published a feasibility study, by Eunomia Consulting, on the feasibility of introducing a national deposit-return system in Scotland, in May 2015.

The feasibility study was an initial step in exploring the issue of deposit return – the study does not represent a proposal from the Scottish Government.

This was followed by a call for evidence, to expand on the issues raised in the feasibility study.

The summary of the call for evidence and responses can be found at – and

The full report and Call for Evidence are available at

Zero Waste Scotland’s call for evidence identified a number of areas where further work would be beneficial to fully consider the impacts of a Deposit Return Scheme. The Scottish Government has asked ZWS to give further consideration to the following priority issues, drawing where appropriate on experience in other countries:

• More accurately quantifying material “within scope” of a Deposit-Return system

• Evaluating the interaction with kerbside collections provided by Local Authorities

• Assessing the time requirements for public participation

• Retailer and manufacturing costs including space requirements, online shopping etc.

• Factors affecting countries that have decided against DRS

• More accurately identifying the value of litter reduction and improved recycling

• Impact on price

• Consideration of hygiene issues in-store and during haulage

• Evidence of behaviour change


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‘Cash for bottles’: Back to the future for Northern Ireland recycling?

June 29, 2015

A “money back” recycling scheme, in which used drinks containers are exchanged for cash, could be re-introduced in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said it could help to reduce litter and boost recycling.

He said a deposit scheme, where the public received 10p for each glass bottle they returned, had operated in Northern Ireland in the past.

The minister is awaiting the results of similar pilot projects in Scotland.


‘Potential costs’

Over the last two years, the Scottish government has been exploring how a Deposit Return System (DRS) for drinks bottles and cans could work within its jurisdiction.

It asked Zero Waste Scotland to commission a feasibility study, the results of which was published last month.

The Scottish research found there were no major obstacles to a DRS recycling scheme, but industry leaders issued a warning about the potential costs to businesses.

Mr Durkan has now asked his own officials in Stormont’s Department of Environment to begin work on a feasibility study in Northern Ireland.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I actually took up my ministerial role nearly two years ago now,” Mr Durkan told BBC Radio Foyle.

“I’m always keen to explore ideas about how we move towards a zero waste society, which is my ultimate ambition and I believe that’s an ambition which should be shared by all of us.”


Mr Durkan said he believed the ending of the previous cash-back bottle recycling scheme in Northern Ireland was cost-driven, because “advances in production” methods had reduced the price of manufacturing drinks containers.

‘Back to go forward’

However, he said the public and businesses were now more aware that cheaper production methods could mean long-term costs for the environment.

“We, as a society, have changed a lot over the years,” the minister said.

“We haven’t always changed for the better and I think it’s important that we do everything we can to change for the better again, and if that means going back to go forward, I’m certainly prepared to do that.

“We know a lot more about recycling now, we know a lot more about the damage the practices we have been carrying out over decades and centuries have been doing to the environment.”

In a statement, Mr Durkan’s department said the proposed system would accept the “broadest range of materials and the suggested deposit would be between 10p and 20p, depending on volume”.

“Deposits would be returned manually by retailers or through automated reverse vending machines,” it added.

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