Plastic bottle deposit return scheme regulations signed by Minister

A scheme the place clients pay a refundable “deposit” on plastic bottles and aluminium cans is to come back into impact subsequent 12 months, after laws underpinning the scheme had been signed by Minister for the Atmosphere Eamon Ryan.

Beneath the deposit return scheme clients pay an additional deposit on aluminium cans and plastic bottles, which is then refunded if the can or bottle is returned, to be reused or recycled.

The Division of Atmosphere, Local weather and Communications stated on Friday the legislative laws for the scheme had been signed, and the scheme would come into impact within the second half of subsequent 12 months.

The laws set out how Mr Ryan can appoint an operator to run the deposit return scheme, in addition to setting out obligations for producers, retailers and “return points”, the place clients can convey the bottles or cans again to obtain the refund.

A division spokesman stated the quantity the deposit could be set at “requires further engagement with the various stakeholders”. The deposit value, which will likely be included within the value of drinks, “will be the subject of additional regulations before the scheme goes live,” he stated.

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In a press release, the division stated the scheme was aimed toward decreasing the variety of plastic bottles and cans thrown out as litter.

Division officers had labored with representatives of the beverage trade in drawing up the laws for the scheme.