In Slovakia, a new deposit return system for cans and plastic bottles kicked off on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Designed to encourage the recycling of empty drink containers, the new programme addresses both the issue of beverage container litter and will contribute to meeting the European Union’s targets for the collection of plastic beverage bottles.
By separating bottles and cans for recycling through a deposit system, beverage containers are collected without contamination from other types of waste in a household recycling bin. This ensures containers can be recycled into new bottles and cans,
Moreover, the implementation of such schemes elsewhere has led to reductions in beverage litter of between 30-84%, depending on the deposit value. High-performing deposit return schemes routinely collect 90% or more of containers for recycling.
With approximately 1.3 billion drink containers sold each year in Slovakia, the target is to collect at least 60% of eligible containers for recycling by the end of 2022, and 90% by 2025. If successful, this would put Slovakia four years ahead of the targets in the European Union’s Single-Use Plastics Directive, which requires member states to separately collect 90% of single-use plastic bottles by 2029.