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Deposit Return FAQs Answered

On September 5, 2017, Scotland joined a growing list of countries around the world when it announced that it will be introducing a deposit-return system (DRS) for drinks containers to tackle marine and land-based litter. There are now over 40 jurisdictions worldwide that have implemented DRS, and the momentum continues to build. In this series of short […]

Deposit Return: How it Works

Deposit Return: How it Works If we look internationally—Europe, US, Canada, Middle East, China, and Australia—massive efforts are underway to introduce or expand existing programs, as governments recognize deposit-return as a modern solution to litter caused by single-use bottles and cans as well as far superior recycling rates. New laws have received much public support, […]

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Reloop Releases Global Overview of Deposit Return Systems

Press Release 9 June 2017 – As the problem of marine litter has steadily grown worse, there has been renewed interest in deposit return for the recovery of single-use beverage containers. Deposit return systems (DRS) are a proven tool to collect high quantities of empty beverage containers for reuse and high-quality recycling, and are vital to achieving […]

New Web Series on Benefits of Deposit Return

Retorna, a Spanish NGO and a member of Reloop, has long been advocating for ambitious legislation to avoid millions of single-use beverage containers from ending up in landfills or littered in the environment. One of the ways it seeks to do this is by encouraging local governments to implement deposit-return schemes. In cooperation with Nikotxan, Retorna published […]

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Big news: Coca Cola backs deposit in Scotland

22 February 2017 – In a major turn-around which John Mayhew, Director of APRS, has called a “landmark moment”, soda giant Coca Cola has announced their support for a deposit-return system for cans and bottles in Scotland: “The time is right to trial new interventions such as a well-designed deposit scheme for drinks containers, starting in […]

Deposit-Return Motivates Voluntary Switch to Refillables

8 February 2017 – One of the most compelling arguments in favour of deposit-return for single-use beverage containers is that it opens the logistical opportunities for some local producers, where feasible, to make the switch to refillable bottles. A recent article published in Resource Recycling magazine (copied below) presents a perfect real-world example of how establishing a […]

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Why Deposit Return is EPR

  If I described to you a consumer product system that spurred green design, established a take-back channel, increased recycling, and was all paid for by the producers of products, would you call that extended producer responsibility? More than two decades ago, Thomas Lindhqvist, a Swedish professor of Environmental Economics, coined the term extended producer […]

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Return to Spender

Since being introduced to the market, there has been much debate – both in the beverage industry, and among politicians and the public – over the best way to collect single-use beverage containers for recycling and/or reuse. With several European countries moving forward with deposit-return schemes to complement their existing collection models, Reloop’s Clarissa Morawski […]

Policy Instruments to Promote Refillable Beverage Containers

Refillable beverage containers have an important role to play in the circular economy. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, refillable systems offer tremendous economic benefits in terms of material cost savings and job creation, which are multiplied with each refill. Despite these benefits, the market share of beverages in refillable containers has declined rapidly in jurisdictions […]