Deposit and Return Scheme – How will it work?

Deposit and Return Scheme – How will it work?
Deposit and return scheme - how will it work?

Repak offers retailers advice on how the Deposit and Return scheme will work.

On the 2nd October 2020 the Government set out a commitment to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

The function of a DRS is to increase recycling rates for plastic beverage bottles and aluminium cans and support the circular economy by keeping materials in productive use, reducing demand for new materials.

Repak aims to lead the recycling and sustainability of Ireland’s packaging and are supporting the introduction of a DRS in order to help Ireland meet its 90% collection and recycling target for beverage containers.

How will a DRS work? It is proposed that as part of a DRS consumers will pay a 20 cent deposit on relevant plastic or aluminium beverage drinks containers of below three litres at the point of purchase. This deposit will be redeemed when the empty container is returned. This brings paying customers back to your store where they return empty containers.

Repak will be engaging and submitting their views in the public consultation on design options which closes on the 12th November 2020.

If you have any questions about what a DRS might mean for your business please get in touch with Repak via their website –