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NFRN representatives were among retail groups attending a high level meeting last week (January 27) to discuss the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Ireland.

They joined government officials, retail representatives and officials from the Department of Climate, Environment and Communications via Zoom, to explore a DRS that is both well-designed and robust as well as suitable for independent retailers.

Following a consultation last year, the Irish government has committed to introducing a DRS, possibly as early as autumn 2022.

The move follows Scotland’s decision to implement a DRS from July 1 2022. Retailers in Scotland will be required to charge a deposit of 20p for drinks in single-use cans or plastic or glass bottles, and to accept these containers back against the refund of the deposit and return them for recycling.

Aims of DRS’s include improving the environment by reducing litter and promoting recycling.

A smaller working group has been formed to progress the plans and discussion. The NFRN will keep members advised of further developments as details become available.

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