State of implementation of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) across Europe
Packaging scope for soft drinks:
- In Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Malta, Norway, Lithuania: PET, aluminium cans, glass bottles
- In the Netherlands, Sweden: PET bottles, aluminium cans
Countries with DRS achieve higher collection rates:
- In countries with DRS in place, collection rates are very high, from 65% to 95% for PET Bottles.
- In countries without DRS, collection rates are lower, ranging from 22% to 73%, with the notable exception of Belgium (85%).
How well-designed DRS can help reach the SUP targets
NMWE and UNESDA are calling for a wide deployment of well-designed Deposit Refund Systems to meet the collection and rPET targets of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive. Read here the 6 fundamental design criteria they believe will improve DRS efficiency.
For more information on UNESDA’s vision for DRS as part of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, please read it here: https://www.unesda.eu/sustainable/#positionpaper