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Deposit Return Scheme

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Press Release
12 January 2024

Ireland will soon be introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles, aluminium or steel cans.

From the 1st February 2024, when you buy a drink in a plastic bottle, aluminium or steel can that features the Re-turn logo, you pay a small deposit in addition to the price of the drink. The drinks containers included in the Scheme are PET plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans between 150mls and 3 litres.

A deposit of 15c will apply to containers from 150ml to 500ml and a deposit of 25c for containers over 500mls to 3 litres.

When you return your empty, undamaged container to any retail outlet, you get your deposit back in full. Consumers may return containers to a retailer that takes them back over the counter or through the use of a Reverse Vending Machine.

Remember, all drink containers included in the scheme will feature the Re-turn logo

The following are NOT included in the Deposit Return Scheme

  • Glass drinks containers
  • All dairy products e.g. milk, yogurt drink containers.

These containers will not have a Re-turn logo, but should be recycled.

Further details can be found on the Re-turn website 

Information for Retailers can be found here

Information for Producers can be found here 

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