drs - deposit-refund-schemes

1 March 2024

Achieve EU Circular Economy Goals with Advanced Deposit-Refund Schemes

At RDC Environment, we recently completed comprehensive studies on Deposit-Refund Schemes (DRS) in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. Our analysis provides essential guidance for public authorities committed to meeting ambitious recycling and litter reduction objectives, aligning with the European Union’s circular economy goals.

Exploring Classic and Digital DRS Scenarios

The DRS scenarios we explored to increase collection rate and decrease litter were:

  • Classic DRS: Utilizing reverse vending machines, this approach is inspired by Germany’s successful implementation, known for significantly boosting the collection rate of recyclable materials.
  • Digital DRS: A future-forward model featuring unique, serialized packaging that allows consumers to claim deposits through smartphones or at sorting centers, enhancing convenience and efficiency.

Comprehensive Coverage for Maximum Impact

Our analysis cover:

  • Glass and Pet Bottles
  • Reuse and Recycling scenarios
  • Sensitivity analyses based on deposit amounts

A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development

Adopting a holistic methodology, our studies incorporate Life-cycle Assessments and Cost-Benefit analyses. This ensures a well-rounded view that takes into account the environmental, economic, and social impacts of implementing DRS initiatives.

RDC Environment: Your Partner in Sustainability

We extend our expertise to public authorities and industries globally, offering tailored solutions to design and evaluate effective DRS initiatives.

By collaborating with RDC Environment, stakeholders can ensure their strategies are not only compliant with the EU’s circular economy mandates but also contribute to a sustainable future.
Together, we can achieve the EU’s target of a 90% separate collection rate for recycling waste single-use plastic beverage bottles by 2029.