July 2017

Technical, Environmental and Economic Viability Study of the Implementation of a Deposit Refund Scheme (DRS) for Single-use Beverage Containers in Catalonia

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Posted in | | by Dr Dominic Hogg, Tim Elliott

This study, commissioned by the Catalan Waste Agency, analyses the technical, environmental and economic viability of the implementation of a deposit refund scheme (DRS) for single-use beverage containers in Catalonia.

Drawing on expertise gained from DRS schemes worldwide, the study argues that the recycling of beverage containers in Catalonia could increase to 95% if a DRS was implemented. The study looks in detail at the:

  • Legal viability;
  • Definition of the DRS model for Catalonia;
  • Recovery of beverage containers and reduction of littering;
  • Economic viability;
  • Timeline for the preparation and implementation of a DRS in Catalonia, and;
  • Special scenarios.

Eunomia worked with Barcelona based ENT Environment and Management and law firm Jiménez de Parga to deliver the report.

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