Benefits of the Deposit Return

Convenient for everyone

With return points all across Ireland, returning your Re-turn drinks containers couldn't be easier. Anywhere that sells drinks with the Re-turn logo, must accept your empty, undamaged containers and refund your deposit in cash or against other purchases.

Communities Together

Recycling is one of the most effective actions we can take as individuals and communities to tackle climate change. Working together with a common purpose, we can protect our communities and create a healthy and positive footprint for future generations.

Protecting our Environment

Internationally, Deposit Return Schemes have proven very successful in reducing litter. By placing a monetary value on these drinks containers, there is more incentive for consumers to return them, rather than littering our environment.

Circular Economy Initiative

As a circular economy initiative, the new Deposit Return Scheme aims to move away from the ‘take make and dispose’ culture to one of returning valuable materials, and keeping them in the economy for as long as possible.

How to Return

When you have finished your drink:

  • Return your empty, undamaged container to any retailer, regardless of where it was purchased
  • Return the empty container to a reverse vending machine (RVM) or manually over the counter
  • Get your deposit refund in full or use your deposit for further purchases or donate to a charity

How to Return

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How to Return

When you have finished your drink:

  • Return your empty, undamaged container to any retailer, regardless of where it was purchased
  • Return the empty container to a reverse vending machine (RVM) or manually over the counter
  • Get your deposit refund in full or use your deposit for further purchases or donate to a charity

How to Return

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How to Return
How to Return

PLASTIC

What to Return?

Material:

Plastic bottles

Capacity:

150ml – 3 litres

All eligible drinks containers will display the Re-turn logo, making it easy to identify what is included in the Deposit Return Scheme. Drinks containers must be returned empty and undamaged.

ALUMINIUM/STEEL CANS

What to Return?

Material:

Aluminum and steel cans

Capacity:

150ml – 3 liters

All eligible drinks containers will display the Re-turn logo, making it easy to identify what is included in the Deposit Return Scheme.

Drinks containers must be returned empty and undamaged

NOT INCLUDED

What cannot be returned

Not every drink container is eligible for Deposit Return. Only drinks in PET plastic bottles, aluminium & steel cans from 150ml to 3 litres are included in the Scheme.

Remember, all drink containers included in the scheme will feature the Re-turn logo.

The following are NOT included in the Deposit Return Scheme:
All dairy products. Eg. Milk, yogurt drinks

These containers will not have a Re-turn logo, but should still be recycled.

What to Return?

What to Return?

What cannot be returned

Plastic
150ml - 3l
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Aluminium / Steel cans
150ml - 3l
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Where to Return

There will be return points all across Ireland.

You can return your empty, undamaged drinks container, featuring the Re-turn logo, to any retailers that sells drinks in plastic and steel/aluminium cans.

When the scheme is launched in February 2024, our interactive map will show the locations throughout the country where you can return your drinks container and get your refund back in full.

Where to Return

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Got questions?

When does the Deposit Return Scheme start?

The scheme will launch in February 2024.

How much is the deposit fee?

The deposit fee will be announced by the Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth TD by the end of November. When the scheme launches in early February 2024, you will be charged a small deposit on each drink featuring the    Re-turn logo, which is fully refundable when the empty drinks container is returned.

How do I get my deposit back?

You can get a refund on your deposit fee by returning your empty, undamaged drinks container featuring the Re-turn logo, purchased from the first of February 2024 to any retail outlet that sells drinks with the Re-turn symbol.

Do I have a choice on how my deposit is refunded?

You will have the choice to receive your refund against a store bought purchase, in cash or to put your refunded deposit towards a charitable cause.

What drinks containers can I return? 

PET plastic drinks containers, steel and aluminum cans between 150ml and 3 litres that show the Re-turn logo are accepted. They will need to be empty, undamaged and the barcode needs to be clearly legible. Remember, all drink containers included in the scheme will feature the Re-turn logo. Not all drinks containers are eligible for Deposit Return. No dairy products are included in the Scheme. Eg. Milk, yogurt drinks.

These containers will not have a Re-turn logo, but should still be recycled.

Do I have to remove the lid when returning my plastic bottle?

You can return your empty, undamaged plastic bottle with or without the lid. We recommend returning bottles with caps, because this will ensure that the cap is recycled, too. Also, if the bottle cap is still on, it is easier to preserve the shape of the bottle.

Who is responsible for delivering the scheme? 

The Deposit Return Scheme is a Producer led initiative where DRSI CLG trading as Re-turn has been appointed as the scheme operator to coordinate a convenient recycling process that involves the participation of Retailers and Consumers for it’s successful implementation.

Who is funding the Deposit Return Scheme?

The management and operation of the Deposit Return Scheme does not cost the public or government any money at all. The system is funded through producer fees for each product placed on the market.

How do I use an RVM?

Each RVM will provide a clear set of instructions on how to return your bottles and cans. Instructions will also be displayed on screen.

What can I do if an RVM is malfunctioning?

Notify the Retailer of RVM malfunction and if the Retailer is unable to resolve the issue, you will be able to return your empty drinks containers over the counter.

Can I return drinks containers bought before the 1st of February 2024?

No, the deposit fee will only come into effect on February 1, 2024, when the scheme goes live in Ireland. Drinks containers cannot be returned prior to this date.

What will happen to the drink containers once they have been collected?

All containers collected will be sent for recycling. The Deposit Return Scheme focuses on maximising the volume and quality of material collected for recycling.

Have a different question?

Contact us via email: info@re-turn.ie

Or give us a call on 01 461 8680

Do all beverage producers need to register with the Deposit Return Scheme? 

Yes- If you produce/manufacture drinks, import them or sell them online, you have a key role to play in the new Deposit Return Scheme and  must  register with Re-turn in order to fulfil your environmental and legislative responsibilities. 

I import drinks for sale on the Irish market, do I need to register with Re-turn?

Yes, Ireland’s DRS Legislation defines a ‘Producer’ as any person, irrespective of the selling technique used, who is first to place in-scope products on the market in the Republic of Ireland. 

Do beverage manufacturers need to change their beverage labelling/barcodes? 

Yes - All 'in scope' beverage containers must feature the Re-turn logo and a new national (or international) barcode. All producers must comply with the labelling guidelines as set out in the Technical Specifications and Labelling Manual provided by Re-turn.

How and when can Producers register products in the Deposit Return Scheme container  register? 

Producers will be able to register all in scope products on the Re-turn website in Q1, 2023 which is to be completed by July 2023.

What if I stop producing a product?

You will need to notify Re-turn and remove the product from your registration list.

What is the process when Producers want to introduce new products  onto the market or change an existing product ? 

The registration of new products  or changes to existing products and their specifications will be submitted to Re-turn for approval no later than six weeks before the planned go live. Sample packages and material specifications must be submitted to Re-turn.

Are Producers allowed to sell ‘in scope’ products that do not feature the Re-turn logo after 1 February 2024?

No. All 'in scope' products must feature a Re-turn logo and meet the labelling requirements as set out by the Technical Specification and Labelling manual. 

How is the producer fee calculated?

The producer fee is based on the net cost principle  and will be paid per container, regardless of size, but will vary for different material types placed on the market. Producer fees will be published by the end of November 2022.

Have a different question?

Contact us via email: info@re-turn.ie

Or give us a call on 01 461 8680

Do all Retailers have to register with the Deposit Return Scheme?

Yes. All Retailers that sell ‘in scope’ drinks – PET plastic bottles, aluminium/steel cans from 150ml to 3 litres - must register with Re-turn in order to fulfil their environmental and legislative responsibilities. Initial registration will open in late November 2022 and all Retailers will be provided with timelines to complete their registration.

What beverage containers are included in the Deposit Return Scheme?

PET plastic bottles and aluminium or steel cans  between 150ml and 3 litres are included in the Deposit Return Scheme. All eligible containers will display the Re-turn logo making identification easy for consumers and retailers accepting manual returns.  

Do I have to accept returns of all in scope drinks containers?

Yes. All registered Retailers will be required to accept Re-turn drinks containers regardless of where they were purchased or where the deposit was paid. Retailers will receive a Handling Fee for all containers they take back.

Are Retailers compensated for accepting Deposit Return containers?

All Retailers are paid a ‘Handling Fee’  which ensures that the Deposit Return Scheme is cost neutral for them. It covers the associated costs of accepting and sorting drinks containers in the retail environment.  The handling fee will be the same for plastic bottles and cans but will vary according to whether containers are collected manually or through a reverse vending machine.

How does the deposit fee work?

When the Retailer purchases in scope drinks from the Producer, they pay the cost of the drink plus a deposit fee on each unit. Retailers then sell the drink to the consumer and charge the cost of the drink plus the deposit fee. When the consumer finishes the beverage, they will return the empty,  undamaged drinks container to the Retailer and receive a full refund on their deposit fee. The Deposit Scheme Operator pays the retailer for all refunded deposit fees. Therefore, the deposit fee goes full circle and is cost neutral for all involved

Can retailers issue store points/ vouchers instead of repaying deposit refund in cash?

The consumer needs to be given a choice on the method they choose to receive their refunded deposit. They can be given the option to receive the refund in the manner in which it was received, against a store bought purchase, or to put their refunded deposit towards a charitable cause.

How do I accept Deposit Return drinks containers?

A Retailer will have two options when offering a take-back service for the empty beverage containers returned by consumers: 

Manual collection or 

Automatic collection through a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM)

The volume of sales (and expected returns) of beverage containers is a key driver in determining whether a Retailer should rely on manual collection opt for automatic collection via RVMs. 

How do manual returns work?

Consumers return the drinks container over the counter to the Retailer. The Retailer checks that the drinks container is empty, undamaged, features the Re-turn logo and that the barcode is clearly visible. The Consumer is then reimbursed the value of the Deposit. Re-turn reimburses the Retailer for all validated manual returns collected.

Have a different question?

Contact us via email: info@re-turn.ie

Or give us a call on 01 461 8680

Is additional manpower required to manage manual returns?

Additional man power may be required for a high volume of manual collections. Staff will need to ensure each drink container accepted manually is empty, undamaged and features a Re-turn logo. However, no additional man power to operate an automatic collections via RVM’s.

How should the accepted drinks containers be sorted and where should it be stored?

Manual collections will be stored in a barcoded bag provided by Re-turn, stored on premise until the collection driver arrives and scans the bag.
RVMs must be emptied when full. The barcoded bag must be sealed and stored on premise until the collection driver arrives who will scan the bag.
All bags and tags for use in both methods will be provided by Re-turn and storage options will be at the discretion of the retailer.

How often are the bags of empty drinks containers removed?

Manual and Automatic collection of material will operate 5-7 days a week. For larger Retailers, this may require a daily visit to collect material, while retailers operating manual returns may have collections twice per week, depending on volume.

Who handles the removal of collected drinks containers?

Re-turn will issue tenders for the collection and transport of deposit returned material in addition to promoting the use of reverse logistics for the collection of material from the scheme.