The Programme for Government
set out the Government’s commitment to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy
includes a road map for the delivery of the scheme by Q3 2022. The first step in the process was launched in October 2020 when we asked the public
for their view on the type of DRS that could work in an Irish context.
This consultation forms the second stage of the process, and we are seeking views on the preferred model and legislative framework for the delivery of the DRS. It is informed by the first round of public consultation and subsequent engagement with all stakeholders involved in delivering this Scheme.
In the document below, we set out how the scheme could work and outline a potential legislative framework for a DRS in Ireland.
The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm 7 May 2021
Because our teams are currently working remotely, we are not accepting hard copy submissions. If this causes a problem, please contact us on 087 244 9479 and we will ensure your views are taken into account.
Deposit Return Scheme - Consultation on legislative framework and scope of the scheme
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) is published.
Please note that responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI), Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014 (AIE) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Please also note that the Department intends to publish the contents of all submissions received to this consultation on its website. The Department will redact personal data prior to publication. In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI, AIE or otherwise published.
We would like to draw your attention to the Department's Data Protection Notice
which is available on our website and explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.