Started recycling circle

DRS is largely a scheme initiated by individual governments or trade bodies to contribute to the increase of recycling and reduction of aluminium cans, plastic, and glass bottles ending up in landfill. The most established and successful schemes have been operating in Scandinavia since the early 80’s with Sweden and Norway the most widely known.

Started recycling
Successful results

Successful results circle

In both these countries, the schemes were set up in partnership with the bottling and grocery trade associations with the support of government legislation. The results in
both countries have been dramatic with 85% of target materials being recycled in Sweden, and a remarkable 97% of plastic bottles returned in Norway and 92% of all
plastic bottles recycled back into plastic bottles for reuse.
Another key to success is how the government has delivered legislation with teeth that places an environmental
tax on the bottling companies which is waived when 95% of all single use bottles are returned.

Recycling the world circle

The lessons learned from these two successful initiatives is that incentives clearly work when it comes to recycling of product
packaging, and similar models are now being considered or rolled out by many countries across the globe. In the EU, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania and the Netherlands, have all successfully launched schemes.

Recycling the world

The DRS process is usually overseen by an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by government and in some cases legislation.

Started recycling

DRS is largely a scheme initiated by individual governments or trade bodies to contribute to the increase of recycling and reduction of aluminium cans, plastic, and glass bottles ending up in landfill. The most established and successful schemes have been operating in Scandinavia since the early 80’s with Sweden and Norway the most widely known.

Started recycling

Successful results

In both these countries, the schemes were set up in partnership with the bottling and grocery trade associations with the support of government legislation. The results in
both countries have been dramatic with 85% of target materials being recycled in Sweden, and a remarkable 97% of plastic bottles returned in Norway and 92% of all
plastic bottles recycled back into plastic bottles for reuse.
Another key to success is how the government has delivered legislation with teeth that places an environmental
tax on the bottling companies which is waived when 95% of all single use bottles are returned.

Successful results

Recycling the world

The lessons learned from these two successful initiatives is that incentives clearly work when it comes to recycling of product
packaging, and similar models are now being considered or rolled out by many countries across the globe. In the EU, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania and the Netherlands, have all successfully launched schemes.

Recycling the world

The DRS process is usually overseen by an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by government and in some cases legislation.

Countries with DRS
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