Deposit and take back schemes for mobiles, carpet and coffee cups could boost circular economy


A study from Reloop Platform and Zero Waste Europe has demonstrated that existing economic instruments could boost the circular economy.  

Produced by Rezero, the research found that deposit schemes, refundable taxes and take back schemes for products such as beverage containers would reduce litter and plastic pollution.

However, it also suggested that these economic instruments could be used for mobile phones, carpets and coffee cups.

Zero Waste Europe director Joan Marc Simon said: “The move from a linear to a circular economy will require changing economic incentives. This study provides a great toolbox to double or even triple collection rates for a variety of materials, including waste streams with existing extended producer responsibility schemes.”

View the report here