Irish Deposit Return Scheme

Ireland Embraces a Greener Future with New Irish Deposit Return Scheme

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Ireland has taken a significant leap towards environmental sustainability and waste reduction with the introduction of a nationwide Irish deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic drink bottles and aluminium cans. Launched on 1 February, this innovative scheme aims to revolutionise recycling practices across the country, encouraging consumers to return their drink containers in exchange for a deposit refund.

Irish Deposit Return Scheme

The DRS is a key component of Ireland’s commitment to building a circular economy, as outlined in the Programme for Government 2020. By implementing a deposit on drink containers ranging from 150ml to 3 litres, the scheme incentivises consumers to recycle, thereby reducing litter and promoting environmental stewardship. Containers carrying the Re-turn logo, when returned empty and undamaged to participating retailers, yield a deposit of 15 cents for sizes between 150ml to 500ml, and 25 cents for larger sizes up to 3 litres.

Public Enthusiasm and Support

The Irish public has shown overwhelming support for the DRS, with research indicating a strong willingness to participate in the scheme. This enthusiasm is mirrored in the government’s optimistic outlook, with the Minister of State for Communications and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth, hailing the DRS as a “once-in-a-generation development” for the Irish beverage industry. Smyth’s statement underscores the expected benefits: enhanced recycling rates, reduced litter, and a positive impact on the environment.

Industry Criticism of the DRS

Despite the scheme’s broad acceptance, some consumers have expressed concerns about storage space for uncrushed containers and the perceived complexity of participating in the DRS. Addressing these challenges is crucial for the scheme’s success, necessitating clear communication and public education efforts to streamline the process for all involved.

 JBX PaperPak Perspective

At JBX PaperPak, we are wholeheartedly in favour of initiatives like the DRS that align with our mission to combat plastic pollution and champion environmental sustainability. As a leading Irish manufacturer of eco-friendly paper products, we understand the importance of supporting local economies and incentivising alternatives to single-use plastics.

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our product line; we advocate for policies and practices that protect our planet and foster a green economy. The DRS represents a critical step towards reducing plastic waste and preserving natural resources, and we are proud to support this and similar initiatives that advance our shared goals.

By promoting recycling and responsible consumption, we can collectively make a significant impact on our environmental footprint. JBX PaperPak remains dedicated to offering sustainable solutions that meet the needs of today’s consumers while safeguarding the environment for future generations.

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