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Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

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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. When you return your empty and undamaged drink container to participating shops and supermarket, you get your deposit back in full.

As a producer you must ensure that you have the correct information, logo, barcode etc on your product so that your customer may get their deposit returned to them. Here at Label World we have the knowledge and expertise to advise and supply you with the correct labels for your product. With our experience and training we can check your product and even adjust your artwork, if needed, to make sure it complies with the new DRS regulations.

The Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive is the main driver for the introduction of Deposit Return. We need to achieve the EU recycling targets of 77% by 2025, and 90% by 2029 and Deposit Return is a proven successful solution to achieving these targets.

Everyone in Ireland has the opportunity to play their part in leading us towards a more sustainable future by valuing our resources and increasing recycling rates.

By introducing Deposit Return here in Ireland, we will help reduce litter and waste nationwide and move towards a cleaner more sustainable Ireland.

As a circular economy initiative, the new Deposit Return Scheme aims to move away from the ‘take make and dispose’ culture to one of returning valuable materials, and keeping them in the economy for as long as possible.

Bottle Material PET PLA, PVC, PS, PET-G, PEN, PEF
Colour Clear and transparent coloured PET Metallic colours, mineral additives, Titanium dioxide and carbon black
Barrier Monolayer Multilayer*
Closure PE,PP Metal (unless fully removed e.g. crown cap)
Closure Liner PE, EVA, TPE  
Label / Sleeve* OPP, PP, PE, Paper, PET PVC, Metal foil, OPS, PS, PLA
Inks As per EuPIA guideline Substances on EuPIA exclusion list.
Label Adhesives Water or Alkali Soluble Hotmelt usage will be subject to testing Non-Recyclable Hotmelt
Can Aluminium & Steel Mixed materials (plastic and aluminium or plastic and steel)
Labels / Sleeves Most Plastic materials accepted PVC


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