Exploring the future of Deposit Refund Systems

From 26 March 2024 12:30 until 26 March 2024 15:00
Categories: ACR+ Events

The EPR Club is happy to announce the reactivation of our series of events with an engaging Lunch-Debate, aimed at kickstarting our activities. We are seizing this opportunity to reconvene our club, discuss pivotal developments, and outline our plans for the rest of this crucial European Union election year.

Join us for this important gathering on 26 March, hosted at our offices in Brussels and accessible online, from 12:30 to 15:00. Alongside thought-provoking discussions, we will offer a light lunch to foster a comfortable and interactive environment for all attendees.

The policy landscape around resource management and circular economy within the EU is under constant evolution. Challenges become urgent and more complex and interdependent, such as raw material shortages, pollution and energy market volatility. Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) have increasingly become a focal point worldwide due to their potential in addressing some of these challenges. However, like all policy tools, they have limitations which need to be well-understood for effective policy-making.

Five years following our initial report on Deposit Return Systems for single-use packaging, ACR+ has published a new report to delve into recent developments and keep up with the ever-changing landscape. We invite EPR Club members to take part in our upcoming Lunch-Debate where we will share insights from the new report and explore two additional cases of DRS implementation.

We encourage your participation in the dialogue to explore:

  1. Strategies to elevate DRS from recycling to reuse within the waste hierarchy and steps towards nuanced policy decisions.
  2. Implications of the recent negotiations on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, particularly regarding the obligation to introduce a DRS for the Member States if they fail to achieve a certain separate collection rate (proposed as 90% by the European Commission)


  • 12:00 Light lunch
  • 12:30 Opening remarks by Françoise Bonnet, Secretary-General of ACR+
  • 12:35 Insight from the Report “Deposit Refund Systems in the EU” by Tugce Tugran, Project Manager at ACR+
  • 12:50 Deposit system for takeaway packaging – case study of the City of Aarhus (Denmark) by Bilyana Ignatova, Head of EU Public Affairs at TOMRA
  • 13:05 Speaker 3 – TBC
  • 13:20 Discussion on DRS
  • 14:00 Discussion of future activities


Please register to attend. The event is open only for EPR Club members, ACR+ members or invited guests.


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