Ireland’s Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy
commits to introducing a Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland. This public consultation is the first step on that journey. Alongside this consultation, we are publishing a report which evaluates our current collection systems, in the context of new EU targets.
DRS is a system used in other EU Member States and further afield to incentivise consumers to return their beverage containers for recycling or reuse. The DRS being introduced in Ireland is focused on plastic bottles and aluminium cans because too few of these are being captured for recycling by our current system (which could put Ireland in breach of EU legislation) and too many are being discarded as litter.
The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) is looking for your views on how this DRS should operate in Ireland. The consultation document outlines possible options and poses some questions in this regard. However, you do not have to respond to all questions and you are free to raise other relevant points.