Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Deposit Return Scheme

What is the Deposit Return Scheme?

The Deposit Return Scheme is a new bottle and recycling system. It began on 1 February 2024. When you buy a drink in a container with a Re-turn logo, you are charged a small refundable deposit. Under the Deposit Return Scheme, you can get your deposit back by returning the empty container.

How much is the deposit on a container?

Containers between 150ml to 500ml have a 15 cent deposit. Containers over 500ml to 3 litres have a 25 cent deposit. The deposit is added to the overall cost of the drink.

Where do I return containers and get my deposit refunded?

You can return containers to shops that sell containers with the Re-turn logo. You do not have to return containers to the same place you bought them. You can either return containers using a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) or manually in the shop.

If you use a RVM, you will get a voucher for the value of the deposit on the containers you returned. You can use the voucher towards a purchase in the shop or you can refund the voucher for cash. Vouchers can only be used or refunded in the shop you got them from. 

Some businesses may have a take back exemption (pdf)because they also sell food or because they are under a certain size.. You can check the interactive map on the Re-Turn website to see where you can return your containers.

What if there is no logo on the container but I was charged a deposit?

There is a transition period for retailers from 1 February 2024 to 1 June 2024. During this time, shops can sell new containers with the logo and older containers without the logo. 

Containers without a logo may still have barcodes that have been registered as part of the scheme. If you are charged a deposit on such a container, you can return it even if it does not have a logo. 

You will not be charged a deposit on containers without a logo and without a registered barcode – these containers can be recycled in your green bin at home. After 1 June 2024, all containers included in the scheme will have the Re-turn logo and a registered barcode.

Read more about the Deposit Return Scheme on, or call us on 0818 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Know Your Rights has been compiled by South Connacht Citizens Information Service CLG, which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Tel: 0818 07 6330 Address: Boyle CIC, Elphin Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0818 07 4000.

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