Webinar: Rewarding Recycling: Learnings from the World’s Highest-Performing Deposit Return Systems


February 23, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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A series of trends are disrupting recycling and waste management conversations worldwide: a growing awareness that plastic waste is polluting even the far reaches of our planet, the rising costs of collection, processing and recycling, and a growing aspiration to shift the industrial model away from “take-make-waste” to a “circular economy.” Motivated by this confluence of trends, policymakers, environmental organizations and businesses are actively evaluating solutions such as deposit return systems for the sustainable management of single-use beverage containers. 

Deposit return systems add a small but meaningful deposit to the sale of each beverage, which is repaid when consumers return the empty containers for recycling. The policy is known for its effectiveness, with leading systems routinely recovering more than 90% of deposit containers sold.  ​​​​​​​Brought to you by TOMRA, an organization with more than 45 years of experience in deposit return systems, Rewarding Recycling explores why some deposit return systems are more successful than others and identifies the best practices shared among the highest-performing deposit return systems in the world.



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Lea Hensel, Business Development Specialist, Foth Infrastructure and Environment, [email protected]: Presentation >>
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Joe Bolick, Director, Iowa Waste Reduction Center, [email protected]
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