Obligated businesses will be required to apply a deposit to beverage containers when they are sold to distributors.
Retailers that sell beverages will have to host a DRS return point to collect
used containers from consumers. They will be required to charge the consumer the deposit value when they sell
drinks and return this when the container is returned.
Two examples of return locations are the installation of an automated reverse vending machine (RVM) (a machine which accepts the
beverage container and returns the deposit to the customer) or manual collections, for example over the counter. The retailer can decide which type of return location they provide.
Retailers would receive a handling fee from the DRS operator (the Deposit Management Organisation) to
cover costs of hosting a return point e.g. for space lost, staff resource costs etc.
It is important to note that
retailers, including online retailers, which are also brand-owners will be obligated as producers for their own-brand products.