Austria introduces bail for plastic bottles and cans

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The Austrian government has adopted a new waste law which provides for the introduction of bail for plastic bottles and cans. According to that law, which must also pass the parliament, it is envisaged that from 2025, a deposit will be paid for plastic bottles and cans, which customers can return as soon as they return the packaging to the store. The deposit will most likely amount to 25 to 30 euro cents.

“In this way, we can ensure better recycling and that one bottle becomes a bottle again,” said Environment Minister Leonore Gevesler.

From 2024, the offer of reusable bottles with bail will return to stores.

“By returning bottles for multiple use, customers get a choice. It will be not only for beer, but also juices, sour water, but also milk “, she added.

Austria has more than 900,000 tons of plastic waste every year, of which about 50,000 tons are bottles. That’s about 2.5 billion bottles and cans, which are often thrown into nature as well.

By the way, more and more countries are introducing a deposit system and thinking about different models. The United Kingdom plans to introduce a deposit system for packaging in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2024. In Serbia, the deposit system was announced several years ago, but for now we are still far from its application.

Source: Center for the Promotion of the Circular Economy

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