Report on the recycling Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland

Brussels, 9/09/19

The proposed Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) claims to generate more used beverage packaging for recycling, but waste management experts argue that including glass in a DRS for recycling would actually reduce the overall amount of glass recycled and would add significant complexity and inconvenience for consumers. We believe the best way to increase the amount of recycled glass (cullet) that returns to manufacturers is by reforming the current UK Producer Responsibility model and increasing recycling targets. Oakdene Hollins was commissioned by FEVE to examine the impact of a recycling DRS on glass recycling rates and the unintended consequences of such a scheme.

See the full study here