Slovakia will launch a new deposit return scheme for PET bottles and cans on 1 January 2022 and Tesco, one of the leading retailers in the country, is ready.
Customers at Tesco stores across the country will be able to start returning their empty containers to the Tomra reverse vending machines gradually being installed in approximately 140 Tesco stores throughout Slovakia.
Reverse vending machines are a convenient and easy way to manage the return of beverage containers in a deposit return system for recycling. Under Slovakia’s new deposit system, return points for cans and PET bottles and cans will be required in grocery retailers with an area of more than 300 m2.
"Tesco is a strong and proven business partner. We are very much looking forward to further cooperation, which will bring customers an efficient and simple deposit system," said Roman Postl, Managing Director of Tomra Collection Slovakia. “The key to the success of Slovakia’s new deposit return system is for consumers to value it and adopt it as their own, which can be achieved by making the system practical and convenient for them to participate in. It is also important to make sure that the collection infrastructure in place is also retailer friendly.”
Over the past months, a pilot project was conducted by Tesco in the cities of Senec and Nitra in preparation of the roll-out of the machines nationally.
"Tesco has been contributing to building sustainability in Slovakia for 25 years and we are committed to creating a system where packaging is treated as a valuable resource that can be used, re-used, collected and recycled in a closed loop. By 2025, all our own brand products will be 100% recyclable or reusable,” said Martin Kuruc, CEO of Tesco in Slovakia.
In a deposit return system, legislation adds a small deposit to the price of a beverage, which is repaid to consumers when they return the empty containers for recycling.
Tomra has almost 50 years of experience with deposit return systems. The company has approximately 80,000 reverse vending machines in over 60 markets worldwide, collecting over 40 billion containers for recycling each year.