The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland

The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is an initiative by the Irish government and will reduce waste and encourage recycling. It is a programme to give financial incentives that return plastic bottles, cans, and glass bottles to collect points. DRS will promote a circular economy where waste is reduced. Materials such as plastic and metals will be used again and again. In this blog post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the Deposit Return Scheme in Ireland.

How it works

The Deposit Return Scheme will require people to pay an additional fee for their drinks containers. This will be refunded when they return the empty bottles, cans, and cups to collection points across the country. Participating retailers pay a deposit on containers they sell. This deposit will be passed on to the consumer when they buy. When the consumer returns the empty container, they will receive the deposit back, either through cash or an electronic transfer.

Collection Points

To promote the success of the DRS, collection points are set up at various locations across the country, including supermarkets, local convenience stores, and recycling centres. The plan is to ensure that no matter where you live in Ireland, there will be a collection point close to you. Lastly, a network of reverse vending machines is expected to be installed to facilitate the easy and automatic return of used containers.

Environmental Impact

By implementing the Deposit Return Scheme, the Irish government hopes to address the environmental challenges posed by single-use containers, including plastic bottles and cups. According to a study by Repak, an Irish waste and recycling body, a Deposit Return Scheme in Ireland has the potential to reduce beverage container litter by 90% and increase Ireland’s recycling rates by 30%. These results will result in reduced landfill waste, creating less pressure on limited landfill sites.

Economic Impact

A 20 cents deposit is placed on plastic bottles. Aluminum cans and glass bottles have a deposit of 10 cents. The DRS could generate revenue and create jobs in the collection and transportation of empty containers. In addition, business will also have an opportunity to sign up as a deposit return center.


The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland will be a step towards a sustainable future.  The system provides consumers with an incentive to return containers, resulting in a cleaner and more sustainable future for generations to come. The DRS’ positive effects on the economy and the environment demonstrate the benefits of adopting sustainable initiatives. Let’s embrace the scheme and do our bit for the planet.



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