Austria: Mandatory deposit on disposables starting 2025

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Starting in 2025, Austria will have a mandatory deposit on disposables. Anyone who buys a disposable bottle or can will pay a small amount as a deposit. This money is returned when the container is returned.

The deposit applies to all non-refillable beverage bottles and cans between 0.1 and 3 litres. There is an exception for milk. Wherever drinks can be purchased, they can also be returned. In small stores, there are restrictions; they can also, for example, if the installation of vending machines is not possible, opt for a manual return.

A deposit of 25 cents will then be charged on non-refillable PET bottles or beverage cans. The deposit will be refunded when the container is returned. Vendors who offer deposit bottles or cans must also accept them. Small businesses will be relieved – such as snack stands.

The deposit applies to all types of beverages, except milk and milk-mix drinks and to all containers with a volume of between 0.1 and 3 litres. Producers and importers are obliged to collect the deposit when selling beverages. The points of sale are obliged to take back empty containers. Those without reverse vending machines only have to take back the containers they offer and only as much as they usually sell to individual customers.

One crucial aspect for customers to consider is the condition of the deposit bottles and cans. Monika Fiala, the managing director of “Recycling Pfand Austria,” explained at a press conference on Monday that the bottles and cans must be uncrushed to pay the deposit.

In the coming year, it said there will be a broad-based information campaign to prepare the population in detail for the planned changes. It said several hundred million euros costs would not be passed on to the end customers.

  • source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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