Global Plastic Policy Reviews

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Germany Mandatory Deposit for One-way Drinks Containers, Packing Ordinance

View the policy document
Contribution to reducing plastic pollution:
Effectiveness of meeting own objectives:
Strength of evidence: Strong Available Evidence
Reviewed under framework: Yes

A mandatory deposit return scheme for plastic single use bottles. This policy has succeeded in reducing littering of plastic bottles to nearly zero. The aim was also to increase refillable bottles to 80% but this policy caused an unintended reduction of refillable bottles to 50% due to manufacturers changing from glass bottles to PET bottles as they are cheaper to produce and transport after collection. There is a higher fee for buying and returning PET bottles which was expected to be a deterrent but it had the opposite effect due to the funds generated by manufacturers from bottles that were not returned. The nationwide use of the Deposit Return Logo on all PET bottles that fall under the DRS contributed to high return rates by consumers.

Instrument type:

Voluntary or legally binding:

Scale:

Implementation context:

Point in plastic cycle:

Policy Type:

Help us to refine our reports

We are confident in our research, however, not all evidence is made publicly available which may affect the outcome of the reviews. Let us know if you have research or evidence that can contribute to our analysis, or a policy you think would be valuable to review!

Get in touch

Our methods

Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

Methods

Guidance

In light of our findings, we've created targeted guidance for Policy Makers, Citizens and Businesses.

Think we've missed something?

We are confident in our research, however, not all evidence is made publicly available which may affect the outcome of the reviews. Let us know if you have research or evidence that can contribute to our analysis, or a policy you think would be valuable to review!

Submit a policy or evidence

@DrSFletcher from @UoPPlastics: A #CircularEconomy is where the resources that we produce, once they've been used, they're then used again: they recirculate in the economy, time after time. ♻️

🎧Listen to @WorldBank_IEG 's latest episode: http://bit.ly/3QUBr4V

Professor Steve Fletcher @DrSFletcher, Director of #RevolutionPlastics @portsmouthuni, has been announced as the Editor in Chief of @CambridgePrisms Plastics — a new academic #journal dedicated to finding solutions to #plasticpollution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8pddNID_po

We're excited to announce @DrSFletcher is leading a new journal dedicated finding solutions to plastic pollution @CambridgePrisms @UoPPlastics https://bit.ly/3y0AIJ3