Twenty years ago, getting a cash deposit back for an empty beverage bottle you returned to the shop was standard practice. Then mainly because it was seen as an administrative hassle for producers and space problem for retailer, many bottle deposit schemes were dropped.
Coke UK is relooking its stance on deposit schemes in “a major review of our sustainable packaging strategy to understand what role we can play in unlocking the full potential of a circular economy in Great Britain.” This is being done as NGOs and other organisations bring pressure for industries to align with a circular economy while reducing litter and improving recycling rates.
Coke UK believe the time is right to start trialling deposit-return schemes for drinks containers, starting in Scotland. Coke in South Africa has operated deposit-returns on some of their larger bottles, and hopefully this can be expanded to other sizes and brands following the Scottish example.