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Sign of a deposit on disposable beverage containers approved


Minister of Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, has approved a sign of the application of a deposit scheme on disposable beverage containers. From February 2016, this sign will have to be on alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages placed on the domestic market in single-use sales packaging larger than 0.1 litre but smaller than 3 litres.

Glass, plastic or metal containers bearing this sign are intended for recycling. For this reason, they will have to be delivered to special places of packaging collection and deposit refund rather than disposed of in waste containers.

Buying beverages in glass, plastic or metal containers with this sign, customers will also pay a fixed deposit on the packaging. The deposit will be refunded as customers return empty packaging to shops, except outlets with a commercial area not exceeding 300 sq. m and market places, kiosks, service stations and catering establishments. The exception will not apply to shops in rural areas.

If glass, plastic or metal containers carry no deposit sign or the sign is not clearly visible and thus unidentifiable, such packaging will not be accepted and the deposit will not be refunded. Packaging without a barcode or with a damage barcode, half empty packaging or packaging of a changed shape that makes it technically identifiable will not be accepted either.

The deposit scheme on disposable beverage containers will be launched in Lithuania from 1 February 2016.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas