A Deposit Return Scheme (or DRS) is legislation implemented by a government to increase drinks containers' recycling and reduce plastic, aluminium and glass waste.
Deposit return schemes require:
A - consumers to pay an up-front deposit when buying a drink.
B - companies selling drinks to return the deposit to the consumer upon collection of the empty container.
Reverse Vending Machines make the returning and deposit redeeming fun and efficient.
In countries without a DRS the typical recycling rates are below 50%. In Germany a DRS has been in place since 2003 and the recycling rate is 97%!