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Deposit system for plastic and metal containers will begin operation in 2015

2013-10-29

Beginning in 2015, Lithuania will have not just a glass deposit system, but plastic and metal deposit systems as well. All of the nation's larger stores will be required to accept plastic and metal containers and to pay out deposits for them. These changes are stipulated in the Ministry of Environment's Packaging and Packaging Waste Management Law amendment project.

“By creating a system in which people would be economically motivated to return plastic bottles to a store or purchasing point, we will ensure that that type of garbage will be recycled instead of heading to our garbage dumps. Everybody wins: people, businesses, and the environment,” - said Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis.

The packaging and packaging waste management law amendment project has been sent for official coordination to various interested institutions, individuals and organization. The European Commission and the World Trade Organization will be notified of the finalized project because producers and importers will have to mark their packaging with a special symbol identifying it as a part of the deposit system.

After that, the packaging and packaging waste management law amendment project will be submitted to the national government, which in turn will submit it to the Seimas. Hopefully, the Seimas will ratify the stipulated amendments in the beginning of next year, in which case the deposit system for single-use glass, plastic and metal containers will begin operation in 2015.

Since 2006, a 25-cent deposit system has been in effect in Lithuania for single-use glass bottles. The system is exceptionally efficient because 90-05 percent of these bottles are returned to manufacturers for repeat usage instead of filling garbage dumps.

The packaging and packaging waste management law amendments stipulate that all container retailers doing business in commercial spaces larger than 200 sq. m. will have to organize the collection and deposit payment of single-use containers either on the premises or no fewer than 150m away without changing their working hours. Commercial spaces smaller than 200 sq. m. (except rural stores) and kiosks, markets, gas stations and public food institutions will not be required to implement the deposit system.

Public Information Division
2013-10-29


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