Deposit-Refund Systems

Deposit-refund systems, especially on beverage containers, are very common around the world. It usually takes the form of a tax on the container which is wholly or partly refunded when container is handed in to a recycling depot. Examples can be found by visiting government environmental agencies around the world (see link on previous page). These links take you to Saskatchewan, where the deposit-recycle system has been contracted out in a novel way to provide employment for disabled adults, and to South Korea, where there is an especially comprehensive deposit-refund system in place.


South Korea


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