Deposit and Return Systems

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…

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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…

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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…

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Why Container Deposit Systems are Gaining Ground

Since being introduced to the   market, single-use beverage containers have caused much debate – both in the beverage industry and among politicians and the public. A simple question sits at the center of the arguing: What’s the most efficient way to collect beverage containers for high-quality recycling? Though there are many who continue to…

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