The main goal of the European Green Deal’s Circular Economy Action Plan is for each member state to reduce packaging waste by 15 % compared to 2018 by encouraging reuse, recycling, and banning unnecessary forms of packaging . A DRS could help in the achievement of this goal.
Indeed, a factsheet by the NGO Reloop, highlights the positive impacts of DRSs, pointing out that in the United States and Australia, the introduction of these systems has reduced the amount of plastic bottles and other beverage packaging abandoned in the environment by up to 84 % and 54 %, respectively. The most successful example cited in the review is, however, Germany where, prior to the introduction of DRS, plastic beverage packaging accounted for about 80 % of trash. Then, after the introduction of the “Pfandsystem“, this value was reduced to ‘almost zero’ .