Bottle Bill Resource Guide


Name of Program Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, As Part of The Single Use Plastics Directive (2021)
Date Implemented TBD (Planned for February 2024) [1]
Containers Covered

Plastic Bottles (≤ 3L)

Aluminum cans

Amount of Deposit

Beverage containers ≤500 mL: 15¢ AUD
Beverage containers >500 mL: 25¢ AUD



In 2020, Ireland released the "Waste Plan for A Circular Economy", a planned commitment and implementation of a deposit return scheme, as part of a greater directive to reduce plastics use, with an initial introduction in Q3 of 2022. [1] The Public Consultation on Design Options began on October 2 2020, ending on 12 November 2020. Both stakeholders and the general public were welcome to make their suggestions on how the scheme should operate. The current study before this consultation proposes a deposit fee of €0.20, and the consultation would determine if this amount would be appropriate. Other questions included whether the government should operate a decentralized or hybrid DRS and what role should waste collectors play in the DRS. [3]


[1] "Details of bottle and can deposit scheme announced." Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). November 28 2022.

[2] A Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy: Ireland’s National Waste Policy 2020-2025. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment,  4 September 2020.

[3] Deposit Return Scheme Consultation Document on Potential Models for Ireland. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment,  2 October 2020.


Last Updated on December 28 2022.

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