Are you Re-Turn Ready? Management of International Barcode Non-Deposit Stock/Purchases

Are you Re-Turn Ready? Management of International Barcode Non-Deposit Stock/Purchases
Ciaran Foley New Re-Turn CEO


Following guidance on management of international barcode non-deposit stock, Re-turn would like to reiterate that this measure requires the deposit to be charged by the Retailer to the Consumer only and should only be charged on the products from the international barcode list provided. This list is now available in both pdf and excel format and is a live document subject to change. Please click here to access.

Re-turn also requested that Retailers provide stock information for these SKUs.

This international barcode list, registered on the Re-turn portal, details barcodes that were present on the market prior to 1 February 2024.

RGDATA tracked preparations for the introduction of Ireland’s Deposit Return scheme on I February 2024 to ensure that the interests of independent retailers are protected in the new scheme .

Final Checklist for Retailers

Re-turn is encouraging all Retailers to do a final checklist in preparation for go live of the Deposit Return Scheme on 1 February. This applies to all Retailers regardless of whether they have been granted a Take Back Exemption.

To access the ‘Retailer Journey Guide’, which details all steps involved in registration, please click here.

To view the ‘Retailer Need to Know’ Guide, please click here.

All Retailers should ensure they complete registration on the portal including:

  • Provide Financial details if not already submitted. Re-turn cannot pay Handling & Deposit Fees without this information. Those granted a Take Back Exemption do not need to complete this section
  • Where Retailers opt for automated return, Reverse Vending Machine (RVM), please ensure to input your RVM serial number asap
  • Check the ‘Retailer/Trading name’ field – this is the name that will be displayed on the Deposit Return Point Map on the Re-turn website from 1 February, so please be clear as to your preference

Check for email from portal prompting download of your Membership Certificate or Take Back Exemption Certificate for each premises. This Certificate should be printed in colour and be at least A4 in size. As per the Membership rules, the Certificate must be displayed prominently for consumers to see in-store from 1 February.