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Best in Class Deposit Return Systems for Single Use Beverage Packaging



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 to achieve a 77% by 2025 and 90% by 2029 collection for recycling target of single-use plastic beverage bottles, and identifies DRS as a tool to achieve this.

The aim of the conference, hosted in Brussels by the European Committee of the Regions, was to bring together governments, DRS operators, experts, producers and technology providers from countries across Europe to offer their expertise on the various components of best in class DRS systems. The conference was targeted towards four primary audiences including:

  • national and EU policy-makers faced with drafting DRS legislation, to learn about requisite legislative components like program scope, targets and penalties, container marking, etc.;
  • local and regional authorities to learn about transitional issues related to DRS and opportunities to save on waste management costs;
  • beverage producers and distributors to better understand the implications of EPR and the opportunities to use DRS to increase recycled content; and
  • retailers, to learn from existing retail operations on how DRS can generate benefits like increased food traffic and improved brand image.

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Featured speakers:

Anna Larsson

Director, Circular Economy Development, Reloop

About Anna

Anna’s career has been dedicated to international projects that target sustainable resource management, with ‘Best practice adopted to local conditions’ being her successful motto. With a double Polish-Swedish nationality, academic credentials from Poland and Norway, as well as professional experience from various countries, Anna uses her unparalleled knowledge to encourage strong belief in the ambitious policy instruments that keep consumers and economic stakeholders motivated to adopt Circular Economy principles.

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