Implement a deposit return scheme

TOMRA Reverse Vending machine

Deposit return schemes reward recycling by providing a small financial incentive when packaging is returned. It allows businesses to take responsibility for the end-life of their products and give single-use plastics another life.

Only 9% of the plastic produced is actually recycled.



  • Incentivises better disposal of plastic waste
  • Can be cost-effective for businesses because they can recycle materials
  • Increases recycling rates


  • Expensive to implement if not subsidised by government
  • Doesn't incentivise people to use less single-use plastic

Making a difference

40 billion used beverage containers are captured every year by TOMRA's reverse vending machines, achieving up to 40% higher collection rates through deposit return schemes

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution