Why deposits make sense for retailers

Sept. 11, 2018 Resource Recycling: Following up an earlier article on why deposit return systems for beverage containers make sense (also known as "bottle bill" laws in the U.S.), Clarissa Morawski and Samantha Millette detail why such systems can also be a win for another key stakeholder: retailers. In addition to increased sales and foot traffic, increased income: "although a typical deposit system brings an overall cost to retailers of 28.5-29 million euros per year, the handling fees paid to participating retailers could be as high as 37.2 million euros. This translates into a net income for the retail sector of up to 8.7 million euros annually."