Deposit Refund Systems

State of implementation of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) across Europe

  • Countries soon to introduce DRS

  • Countries with DRS in place (% given is for collection rates for PET bottles)

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    Countries where DRS will soon be introduced or where DRS are still under discussion

  • Countries with intention to introduce DRS

  • Countries with DRS in place (% given is for collection rates for PET bottles)

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    Countries where DRS will soon be introduced or where DRS are still under discussion

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

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