Convenience is Key

to successful deposit return scheme says RECOUP

Convenience is key to a successful deposit return scheme (DRS) in the UK, according to RECOUP.

Research undertaken by the charity showed 56% of consumers either wouldn’t travel or travel more than a mile to return empty containers, with only 14% being prepared to travel more than three miles.

RECOUP therefore predicted kerbside schemes would continue to be used as the primary collection scheme for drinks containers by some consumers.

Almost 60% of consumers said 10p was enough of a deposit to get them to return drinks containers.

The research showed ‘away from home’ locations can collect more material for recycling, with just 29% of consumers currently recycling on-the-go as well as in the home.

Many said they connected getting their deposit back where they did their main food shopping.

RECOUP has an active DRS Development Working Group made up of RECOUP Board Trustees that represent multiple sectors in the plastics packaging collection and recycling value chain

Steve Morgan, co-ordinator of the RECOUP DRS Development Working Group, said: “Deposit Return Schemes will have a major role to play to enable consumers to understand the value of their used drinks containers.

"A well-designed scheme can only be an effective mechanism to transform collections if it is part of a wider recycling collection infrastructure, including kerbside, bring, HWRC and ‘Away from Home’ collection points”

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