Calls are increasing around the world for other countries to follow suit, with the United Nations Environment Agency in December 2017 encouraging all nations to implement container deposit schemes. The Single-Use Plastics Directive adopted in 2019 by the Council of the European Union has set out for member states to collect 90% of all plastic bottles by 2029, with an interim goal of 77% by 2025, through initiatives such as container deposit schemes. Regions such as Scotland, Portugal, England & Wales and more states in Australia are set to introduce container deposit schemes in the next three years.
With our planet facing a waste crisis, we need to live more sustainability and recycle more efficiently. TOMRA’s mission is to lead the way in the resource revolution and change consumer and manufacturer behaviour. Container deposit schemes provide one part of the solution to changing attitudes around empty drink containers and improving recycling rates.