On 22 November 2019, Reloop Platform and the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) jointly organized the first Conference on Best in Class Deposit Return Systems for Single Use Beverage Packaging. The conference is timely and is a response to the new EU Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD), which, among other things, requires Member States…

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Times are changing. The global plastic pollution crisis is coming to a head and finally world leaders and policy makers are coming around to working on solutions.

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On Friday, November 22nd, Reloop Platform in cooperation with the European Federation of Bottled Waters is organizing a conference on Best in Class Deposit Return Systems for Single Use Beverage Packaging. The conference will take place in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions and will bring together government representatives, system operators, experts, technology…

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Istanbul, Turkey • October 2019 The Turkish Government confirmed in early 2019 that it will introduce deposits on beverage containers by 2021 as part of its zero waste initiative and efforts to protect Turkey’s 8,000km of coastline. The DRS is intended to reduce litter on both land and sea, by charging a refundable deposit on…

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In early 2019, the Turkish Government confirmed it would be introducing a deposit return system (DRS) on beverage containers by 2021 as part of its zero waste initiative. In light of this announcement, Reloop, in association with ISBAK, commissioned Eunomia Research and Consulting to carry out a study to design a DRS for Turkey based…

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On August 5, 2019, RePlanet, once the largest operator of California redemption centres for beverage containers covered by the state’s deposit-refund system, closed its doors. The company, which had already closed hundreds of redemption centres in recent years, confirmed two weeks ago that it has closed all of its remaining 284 recycling centers and terminated…

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From significant cost savings for municipalities to higher collection and recycling rates, deposit return systems (DRS) for beverage containers have many benefits. Zero Waste Europe has prepared a short primer explaining how deposit systems work and how they can be used to help Europe move towards a circular economy. Its ‘Deposit Return Scheme Manifesto’ also…

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A new report by Reloop, produced in partnership with Eunomia Research & Consulting, outlines how the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) would increase recycling rates and reduce litter in Ontario, Canada. The report, Better Together: How a Deposit Return System will Complement Ontario’s Blue Box Program and Enhance the Circular Economy, also identifies how harmonization with…

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Less than 24 hours after Scotland became the first part of the UK to announce details of such a scheme, environmental campaigners across the globe united in an international day of action to urge more countries to adopt a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks cans and bottles. At 9:00am local time on May 9,…

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As in other countries, when single-use drink containers such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles became common in Australia in the 1970s, refillable containers and the systems developed to recover and refill them went by the wayside. The environment bore the brunt of this change, with beverage container litter in states, aside from South Australia,…

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