Deposit Return Systems (DRS) for beverage containers - Zero Waste Cities


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Deposit Return Systems (DRS) for beverage containers

16th June 2020 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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If Europe is to move towards a Circular Zero Waste Economy, then it must create systems and initiatives that retain the value of materials by reusing them over and over again, using recycling as a last resort to ensure that no waste is leaked into the environment. Deposit Return Systems (DRS) have proven to be the most effective and sustainable way to make this happen, with an increasing amount of interest and uptake in these systems across Europe.

This webinar will explore what DRS can be implemented by municipalities at the local level, highlighting successful existing examples and the reasons behind such best practices.Moving away from just the beverage sector, we will also examine how DRS can be expanded to reduce waste prevention in the transport & shipping of materials/products.

This webinar will take a closer look and examine some key questions:

  • Why are DRS so effective in encouraging product reuse by citizens?
  • What lessons can we learn from the efficiency of Deposit Return Schemes and how can we adapt these to other sectors in society?
  • What actions can municipalities take to implement local DRS and why are these important?


Ana Gutiérrez Dewar

Policy Officer, Retorna, Spain

Ana Dewar has developed her professional career in the field of waste prevention, resource management and environmental communication. After three years studying Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid, she moved on to live on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, USA, and work with US PIRG on the approval and upgrade of environmental laws in Washington D.C. She later graduated in Tourism Management and has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Strategies and Management. Ana has worked as a consultant and has directed environmental publications such as Recovery and Recycling, Intec Urbe and Warmer Bulletin.

Gerard Bellet

Founder of Jean Bouteille

After an experience in control management and sales, Gerard turned his interest to the circular economy and found Jean Bouteille in 2013! Jean Bouteille offers to food stores (grocery stores, supermarkets, etc.) an unprecedented alternative to single-use bottles, by combining the bulk sale and the reusable bottle made of reusable glass.

Rob Buurman

Directeur Recycling Netwerk Benelux

Rob Buurman is director of Recycling Netwerk; an environmental NGO which promotes the best consumption and waste systems to reduce material consumption and its negative impacts. Recycling Netwerk is known in the Netherlands for its successful campaign against the abolition of deposits on large plastic PET-bottles and supports the expansion of the system to smaller bottles and cans. Rob is an expert in waste management and circular economy. He believes that a shift of responsibilities and costs are necessary to counter the negative effects of products and packagings. Right now society pays for the negative impact of plastic pollution. Before working for Recycling Netwerk, Rob worked in Brussels as a policy officer Circular Economy for the Flemish federation for environmental NGOs. Rob has degrees in aeronautical engineering and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society.

Jack McQuibban

Moderator - Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe

Jack has an educational background in international relations having studied at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. For the past 5 years, he has worked for two different NGOs within the international development and sustainability sectors, helping to build movements and communities for change. He has led successful campaigns at the local level within the UK as well as at the global level at institutions such as the United Nations. Jack will be leading our work with municipalities, helping to connect members from across Europe to build and contribute towards the transition of cities towards zero waste strategies.

Why should you join?

  • Learn from frontrunners and high level experts without leaving your office
  • Understand how to design and implement successful zero waste programmes at the local level
  • Learn the stories behind the best practices
  • Be one step ahead with key conversations related to zero waste and circular economy strategies
  • Connect with like-minded local stakeholders

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