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Minister called the opening of the new Counting Centre for Packaging a historic event

2016-02-25

Today has seen the opening of the Counting Centre for Packaging, part of the new one-way beverage packaging deposit system, is one of the most modern facilities in Europe. It was established by the public institution Užstato Sistemos Administratorius (Deposit System Administrator). This Centre will receive millions of one-way cans and plastic and glass bottles from the whole of Lithuania on a daily basis. They will be counted, sorted, pressed and prepared for recycling.

During the opening ceremony Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said that, thanks to this new deposit system, we are on par with Western European and Scandinavian countries.

Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas called the opening of the Centre a historic event. “Only recently we have considered the implementation of the deposit system to be a great challenge. I do not have any doubts that this system will improve the quality of our environment. Based on the goal that we have set before, we should collect and recycle 90 per cent of packaging waste. I believe that we can achieve this because, upon the launch of this system, substantially lower quantities of packaging will be delivered to dump sites, and this will result in lower environmental pollution”, said the Minister.

The Ministry of Environment reminds that a deposit is applied to packaging for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, juice and water. It is marked with a special label of deposit for on-way beverage packaging approved by the Minister of Environment. When purchasing containers marked with the deposit label, residents leave a deposit of 10 cents in the supermarket which is refunded when the buyer returns the packaging.

Communication Division
25 February 2016

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