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The deposit system for one-way packaging was launched in Lithuania on 1 February 2016. Return the packaging with a printed deposit mark and receive a 10-euro-cent refund.
The system covers metal, glass and plastic beverage packaging that bears the appropriate deposit mark.
Returned packaging must be empty, with its original shape maintained, its labels undamaged and the barcode clearly visible.
In order to verify whether the one-way packaging is part of the deposit system and can be returned to the reverse vending machine, enter the barcode on the packaging.
Information on the types of one-way packaging managed by the public institution Užstato Sistemos Administratorius (Deposit System Administrator) can be downloaded here.
Packaging can be returned throughout most of Lithuania, with this option available in shops with an area of more than 300 square metres or village shops. In most places, the packaging is returned using reverse vending machines.
If a shop does not have a reverse vending machine but is part of the deposit system, the packaging can be returned at the till, where the deposit will also be refunded.
Put the packaging with the
deposit mark in the RVM.
Follow the instructions on
the RVM’s display panel.
After depositing all your packaging, press
the button and recover your receipt.
Take your receipt to the cash
desk to receive your refund.
You can use the receipt
to pay for goods purchased
in the shop.
The system covers metal, glass and plastic beverage packaging that bears the appropriate deposit mark. The packaging must be empty, with its original shape maintained and its labels undamaged.
The deposit system covers beer, beer cocktails, cider, other fermented beverages, mixed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, kvass, and all types of water, juice and nectars sold in glass, plastic and metal (tin) packaging.
Fruit wines and wine-product cocktails are part of the deposit system when sold in plastic and metal packaging.
The packaging can be returned for a refund in all shops with an area of more than 300 square metres or in village shops.
You can find the locations that take packaging back on the interactive map.
The price of the deposit for one-way packaging is 10 euro cents. The deposit is charged at the store when specially marked containers are purchased, and is refunded when the packaging is returned.
This is a special machine used for the simple return of packaging. Sorting is not required before putting the packaging in the RVM.
If a shop does not have a reverse vending machine but is part of the deposit system, packaging can be returned at the till.
Put the packaging with the deposit mark in the RVM, press the button and recover the receipt. Take your receipt to the till to receive your refund.
You can also use the receipt to pay for goods.
All instructions on how to use the RVM can be found on the information poster or on the machine’s display panel.
The RVM takes back plastic bottles both with and without their caps. However, returning bottles with their caps on is the most environmentally friendly method. Moreover, keeping the bottle’s cap in place will prevent its shape from being changed.
Make sure that the packaging is empty, with its original shape maintained and the label with the barcode undamaged.
It is possible that the barcode for the packaging has not been put in the system or the information entered is incorrect (weight, shape, etc.). Such cases are rare, but if this happens, please immediately inform the shop staff so the system error can be eliminated and your deposit refunded.
If the RVM stops working, immediately inform the shop staff.
Yes - for consumer convenience, the reverse vending machines accept glass kvass and beer bottles as well.
The deposit will not be refunded, because the packaging must maintain its original shape and the label must be undamaged.
The system is set up to prevent fraud, so the RVM automatically verifies the shape of packaging and the information provided on the label when it accepts the packaging.
If an RVM is out of order, the buyer should inform the shop staff.
Manually collected packaging must conform to the same requirements as containers returned to the RVMs.
Collected packaging is brought to a centre where it undergoes an automatic counting process according to its label, shape and weight.
No - a deposit is charged and refunded only for packaging marked with the system’s deposit symbol. If the buyer notices that a deposit was charged for packaging that does not conform to this requirement, he or she should contact the shop staff.
Returning packaging is worth the effort because you can receive 10 euro cents back for each piece. In addition, you help Lithuania by doing this, because disposable beverage packaging is the biggest source of litter in the environment. Such containers are often left lying around, even though they could easily be recycled. The deposit system also ensures maximum efficiency for the collection and processing of packaging waste.
In 2016 alone, more than 300 million packaging items are expected to be collected, equating to at least 55 per cent of one-way beverage packaging in the market. The amount targeted will be raised in future.
According to data, one-way beverage packaging is the largest source of waste in the environment, with items often dumped at landfill sites rather than being recycled. Experience in the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Germany and Estonia demonstrates that deposit systems for one-way packaging help large quantities of packaging waste to be collected and recycled.
People often leave this type of packaging lying around in places such as in forests, near lakes and along roads, even though the decomposition process for such packaging takes a very long time. For example, glass can take up to 1 million years to decompose, plastic bottles 450 years, and metal cans 200 years.
Packaging for beer, cider and soft drinks is the biggest source of waste in the environment. People leave containers in forests and parks, near lakes and on beaches.
It has been taken into consideration that there is a huge variety of alcoholic beverages, so the prevalence of imported wine makes it challenging for importers to produce and attach enough new labels marked with the deposit symbol.
In addition, strong alcoholic drinks often cost more, and for some people a 10-euro-cent deposit might not be enough of a motivation to return the packaging.
Packaging collected by both reverse vending machines and manually is brought to a centre where it is counted and prepared for processing.
In the first year alone, it is expected that the amount collected and recycled will be:
– 6,000 tonnes of plastic (PET) packaging waste
– 1,500 tonnes of metal (aluminium) packaging waste
– 6,000 tonnes of glass packaging waste.