Deposit Return Scheme FAQs

The Deposit Return Scheme start date

The Deposit Return Scheme will start on 1 February 2024.

How retailers will take back empty containers which are eligible for return

Retailers may opt for either manual return or for automatic collection, through Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs). Retailers can choose whether they opt for an RVM or not. It is not compulsory to have a Reverse Vending Machine.All Mr.PRICE stores will offer Manual Returns.

Returning drinks containers bought before 1 February 2024

Drink containers which have been bought before 1 February 2024 are not included in the Deposit Return Scheme but should still be recycled. From 1 February 2024, when you buy a drinks container which has the Re-turn logo on it, you’ll be charged a small deposit in addition to the purchase price of the drink. This deposit will be fully refunded when you return your empty, undamaged drinks container. Retailers will have a transition period from 1 February–1 May 2024.

The deposit fee

From 1 February 2024, when you buy a drink featuring the Re-turn logo, you’ll be charged a small deposit in addition to the price of the drink. The drinks containers included in the scheme are PET plastic bottles and aluminium and steel cans between 150mls and 3 litres. A deposit of 15c will apply to containers from 150ml to 500ml inclusive, and a deposit of 25c for containers over 500mls to 3 litres inclusive.

Different deposit fees for different containers

Deposit fees will vary to reflect the size of the drinks containers, and the value of the material they’re made of.

The types of drinks containers you can return

You can return PET plastic drinks containers, steel and aluminium cans between 150ml and 3 litres that show the Re-turn logo. They’ll need to be empty and undamaged, and the barcode needs to be clearly legible. Remember, not all drinks containers are eligible for Deposit Return. Only drinks containers with the Re-turn logo are included in the scheme. No dairy products are included in the scheme, e.g. milk or yogurt drinks. These containers will not have a Re-turn logo and should still be recycled at home.

How to find out more

If you have any other questions about the scheme, please contact Re-turn by email at Or call on 01 461 8680