15 cent deposit on water and soft drink launches

The Netherlands on Tuesday introduced a deposit return system for plastic bottles containing water and other non-alcoholic drinks. Buyers will be charged an additional 15 cents for small bottles which can later be returned to all major supermarkets and highway gas stations, among others.

Fees will not be added immediately to all bottles, but only those with a new Statiegeld logo indicating they can be exchanged for a refund. The new bottles will be introduced to the market within the next month. By July 1, all bottles must carry the new logo.

Every year 900 million small and 600 million large plastic bottles containing soft drinks and water are sold in the Netherlands. In April 2020, the Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Water Management proposed a deposit on small bottles, in order to reduce the amount of waste.

“The aim is to take back as much as possible, but at least 90 percent, of the small plastic bottles that are sold,” Statiegeld Nederland director Raymond Gianotten said in an interview with RTL Nieuws

“Plastic is a valuable raw material and it’s a shame if it’s lost. Small plastic bottles can be used to make other packaging and products,” Gianotten said.

Collection points will also be installed at a number of NS stations at a later date. Many places may not accept bottles for return until July.

A deposit system for cans will also be put in place at the end of 2022.

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