Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) have been in operation in some countries for over 40 years. In fact, the Corona soft drinks brand operated a money back scheme until the 1980’s based on the value printed on the top of their bottle caps. Children would supplement their pocket money by taking bottles back to the corner shop to get a refund.
Turn the clock forward 40 years, and DRS is set to become an important initiative in many countries, including the UK, which plans to roll out a DRS scheme starting in Scotland in 2023 and England, Wales and Irelands in 2025.
All European countries will are set to go live with their DRS programmes by the end of 2025 as part of the EU recycling mandate.