Thursday, 8 February 2024
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
145. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the measures that are in place for the deposit return scheme for housebound or disabled persons who shop for groceries online and are unable to physically access the deposit return scheme in shops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5943/24]
Re-turn, the Deposit Return scheme operator, has engaged widely with all stakeholders and has committed to continually review accessibility practices considering the needs of all users.This approach includes the early convening of a consultative group to ensure that the concerns of all parties, in particular those with accessibility challenges, are heard and addressed.
I understand that Re-Turn has invited a number of disability organisations to assist in a review of the Scheme’s infrastructure.
Individuals with accessibility issues who may face difficulties returning bottles and cans to their local retailer should contact Re-Turn directly. My Department and Re-Turn will monitor this issue closely as the scheme builds momentum in the coming months.