A new impact assessment report on the potential for a digital deposit return scheme (DRS) has recently been published by the Digital DRS Industry Working Group – a group of nine trade bodies and companies across the drinks containers value chain.
The Working Group contracted the consultancy firm Resource Futures to produce an economic impact assessment (IA) of a Digital Deposit Return Scheme (DDRS) designed by Bryson Recycling.
The system is largely based on kerbside collection of drinks containers on which a unique (to individual containers) serialisation code is printed. Under the DDRS the deposit on a drinks container would be redeemed by the consumer scanning the serialisation code via a smartphone app which would also notify the supporting IT system that the deposit could not be redeemed again – a key security measure to prevent fraud. In addition to the kerbside return points, the DDRS system would be supplemented by reverse vending machines (RVMs) and manual take-back points.
The results of the assessment indicate that such a system could deliver significant financial savings versus an All-In RVM-DRS system.
You can read the impact assessment in full here