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These are the countries where they have DRS (Deposit Return Systems) implemented. In other words, there is a regulatory framework that regulates the reimbursement amounts, collection format, responsibilities and obligations of each of the actors in the circuit.

*Currently in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are no countries that have a current DRS. 

Deposit Return Systems (DRS) are a proven and sustainable method to recover bottles and cans of post-consumer beverages, and give the material an adequate final destination, either for recycling or reuse. The deposit value provides a monetary incentive for the user to return the container after consuming the product.

TOMRA Reverse Vending Machines are the centerpiece of modern Deposit Systems (DRS). For years, these solutions have demonstrated return rates of 70% to almost 100% of the beverage containers sold. There is no doubt that no other collection system comes this close to these figures.

How a High-performing Deposit Return System
works in practice:

Trust is built into the system’s processes through system integrity measures, transparent management, a data-driven clearinghouse and reliable redemption Technology. The CSA uses unredeemed deposits and material revenue to balance the system’s budget.

Producers are aligned to design an effective system to reach the legislated return-rate target. Producers finance the net costs of the system through an eco-modulated EPR fee.

Consumers are incentivized to participate through a meaningful deposit value and broad scope of beverage containers.

Container redemption is easy due to a comprehensive return-to-retail obligation, which provides a convenient network of return locations.

Key elements of high-performing DRS:

All of the elements - when applied together - will address global waste challenges and advance a circular economy.

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