More delays to DRS are in nobody’s interest. A digital system would change the game

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A deposit return scheme (DRS) and extended producer responsibility (EPR) have long been earmarked as the policies which will finally help reverse years of stagnating recycling rates in the UK.

Through financial recycling incentives and shifting the responsibility for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products to producers, the policies were popular across multiple industries – widely recognised as a means of improving the quality of recycled materials and advancing towards a circular economy. Despite this, these landmark pieces of legislation have gone from evoking excitement and optimism amongst brands, retailers, recyclers and consumers, to a growing tide of frustration.

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