Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme Powered by Sensoneo’s IT Solution

In February this year, Ireland became the 15th European country to introduce the Deposit Return System (DRS) for single-use beverage packaging. Slovakian firm Sensoneo accompanies the project with its IT solution, serving as the central infrastructure for the entire DRS system in Ireland.

The Irish DRS administrator is the company Re-turn. The entire scheme is powered by a software solution from Sensoneo, the internationally orientated provider of smart waste management solutions informed. This end-to-end and ready-to-integrate software for DRS would gather data from all sources and enable seamless integration between all stakeholders within the process chain. The solution “is built on cloud-based infrastructure and is agnostic with any return vending machine”.

Ireland is already the sixth country with the software solution from the Slovakian company. As underlined, Sensoneo won all the last six tenders for DRS in Europe, most recently in Austria, “and successfully implemented the IT solution for the world’s largest centralized DRS in Romania, and DRS systems in Slovakia, Malta, and Hungary.”

The IT system for the Irish DRS was implemented in eleven months since the project kicked off in March 2023. Currently, approximately 60 percent of single-use beverage packaging is being collected in Ireland for recycling purposes, Sensoneo reported. “The Deposit Return Scheme in Ireland has the potential to reduce littering and increase Ireland’s recycling rates by 30 percent. These numbers will result in reduced landfill waste and significantly support the protection of the environment.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2024, Page 13, Photo: Sensoneo)