Deposit Return Scheme Transition Period Ending 31 May, Retailers Reminded

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Deposit Return Scheme Transition Period Ending 31 May, Retailers Reminded

Re-turn has reminded retailers that the four-month transition period for selling old stock within the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is ending this Friday, 31 May.

From 1 June, retailers can only sell stock with the Re-turn logo on it, as it will have the deposit applied and make it clear to consumers that it is eligible for return.

As detailed by Re-turn on the transition period timeline, producers stopped selling old stock to retailers on 15 March.

The organising body for the scheme granted stores until 31 May to sell the unlabelled stock.

Since the DRS launched, on 1 February, retailers have been making sure that all old stock is sold before the end of the transition period.


Ahead of the launch of the scheme, Re-turn provided clear guidance and support on stock management and transition period timelines, to assist retailers and make the change as straightforward as possible.

The company also hoped to minimise waste, as retailers and customers adjusted to the scheme.

Re-turn is advising retailers to complete a final compliance check ahead of 1 June, to ensure that all eligible drinks containers on shelves feature the Re-turn logo.

‘Important Steps’

Speaking about the end of the transition period, the chief executive of Re-turn, Ciaran Foley, said, “As we approach the final days of the transition period, we appreciated the efforts of retailers in adapting to the new system.

“Our goal has been to ensure a smooth transition period as we launch into the scheme in its fullest form.


“We believe that the cooperation of all stakeholders will significantly contribute to the success of Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

“Together, we are taking important steps towards a more sustainable future.”

Re-turn saw its busiest day of returns on 15 March, with three million containers returned in a single day.

This showed serious progress from the launch of the scheme, wherein two million containers were returned in the entire month of February.

Irish retailers are strongly encouraged to ensure compliance by visiting for further information and support.

Read More: Re-turn Reports Record-Breaking Day Of 3m Returns

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