Corporate information

Number of packages returned:

36,000,000

About the system

Return the packaging with a printed deposit mark and receive a 10-euro-cent refund.

 

 

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Is this packaging part of the system? Check the barcode
Is this packaging part of the system?
The package is not part of the system.
  • Name of the product
  • Size
  • Weight (g)
  • Type
  • Type code
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  • Baigė galioti
Pakuotė yra tinkama grąžinimui.
The package is not part of the system.
The package is not part of the system.
Packages

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.

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Return process

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.

Why return clean packages?

Returned packages should be completely empty, ideally, rinsed with water. It is much more enjoyable to return clean packages as they do not produce unpleasant odor, especially if collected at home, and do not attract parasites. Moreover, returning clean bottles and cans into reverse-vending machines or at manual collection points, reduces odor emitted by remnants of beverages. In this way returning packages becomes more pleasant for everyone.

How does the reverse vending machine (RVM) work?
1

Put the packaging with the

deposit mark in the RVM.

2

Follow the instructions on

the RVM’s display panel.

3

After depositing all your packaging, press

the button and recover your receipt.

4

Take your receipt to the cash

desk to receive your refund.

You can use the receipt

to pay for goods purchased

in the shop.

Where can I return the packaging?

Returning manually

Reverse vending machines
FAQ
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  • What types of packaging may I return?

    You may return metal, glass or plastic packaging marked with the deposit system sign. Packages must be empty, they must have retained their original form and their labels must be undamaged.

    You will recover the deposit once you have returned the packaging.

  • Which types of beverage packaging are part of the system?

    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.

  • Where can I return the 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.

  • How do I use a reverse vending machine?

    Put the packaging covered by the deposit system into the reverse vending machine, then press the button and take the receipt.

    Present the receipt at the cashier’s desk and you can recover the deposit.

    You may also use the receipt to pay for goods.

    You can find full information on how to use the reverse vending machine on the informational poster next to the machine, or on the reverse vending machine’s display.

  • In case of any trouble using the reverse vending machine

    In the case of any trouble using the reverse vending machine (returning the packaging or recovering the deposit), you will be assisted by the store staff.

    Please contact the shop’s Information Desk or any employee of the store.

  • Should I remove the cap when returning a plastic bottle via the reverse vending machine?

    Reverse vending machines accept bottles both with or without caps. However, returning the bottles with the caps on will contribute to a cleaner environment. Furthermore, leaving the bottle’s cap on makes it easier to preserve the shape of the bottle.

  • Do reverse vending machines accept reusable drink packaging (glass kvass and beer bottles)?

    Yes, for the convenience of customers, glass kvass or glass bottles may be returned via the reverse vending machines.

  • Do the manual collection centres have looser standards about the packaging being creased or unlabelled?

    The same requirements apply to both manually collected packaging and the containers returned via the reverse vending machines.

  • How do I return the packaging if the shop has no reverse vending machine?

    If the shop has no reverse vending machine, but participates in the deposit system, the packaging may be returned at the cashier’s desk.

  • What do I do if a reverse vending machine does not accept the packaging, even though it is marked with the deposit sign?

    Make sure that the packaging is actually empty and has retained its original shape (it is not folded or creased), while also ensuring that the bar code on the label is intact.
    There may be very rare cases where a package’s bar code may not yet have been entered into the system, or the other packaging information (weight, shape, etc.) has been entered incorrectly. If the reverse vending machine does not accept the packaging that is marked with the deposit system sign, but it has retained its shape and has an intact bar code, please immediately notify the shop’s administration staff, in order for the system errors to be eliminated and for the deposit to be returned.

  • What do I do if the packaging is damaged to the point where the system cannot read its labelling?

    Reverse vending machines recognise the packaging that is covered by the system according to its shape and label. If the packaging is unrecognisable due to damage, you will unfortunately not be able to recover the deposit.

  • What should a person do if a reverse vending is not working or breaks down?

    If the reverse vending machine is not working, the buyer should contact the shop’s administration staff.

  • What is the amount of the deposit?

    The amount of the deposit for a disposable drink package is 10 ct. The deposit is collected in the shop upon buying the specially marked containers and is repaid once the customer returns the packaging.

  • Can the packaging sellers accept a deposit for packaging that is not marked with the deposit sign?

    No, a deposit is only accepted and repaid in the case of packaging that is marked with the deposit system sign. If the buyer has noticed that a deposit has been collected for another form of packaging, they should contact the shop’s administration staff.

  • What is a reverse vending machine?

    It’s a special device designed for returning packaging in a convenient and simple way. Packaging placed into a reverse vending machine does not need to be separately sorted.

  • Why does the deposit system cover disposable glass, metal and plastic packaging?

    Statistics shows that disposable drink packaging is the biggest contributor to the pollution of our environment and that these materials often end up in landfill, even when they could be recycled. The experience from foreign countries – for instance, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and Estonia – shows that a disposable drink packaging deposit system can help to collect and recycle huge amounts of such waste.

    Furthermore, people often leave drink packaging behind in the natural environment – in forests, at lakes and on the roadsides – even though the raw material that such drink packaging is made from decomposes over an extremely long period of time. For instance, glass only decomposes within 1 million of years, a plastic bottle decomposes within 450 years and a metal can decomposes in 200 years.

  • Why is the packaging of other drinks not being collected?

    It is the packaging of beer, cider, water and non-alcoholic drinks that contributes most of all to the pollution of our environment. People leave this packaging behind in forests and parks, at the lakeside and on beaches.

    The variety of spirits being sold is enormous, with imported wine dominating the market, and this has also been taken into consideration. It would impose a rather significant challenge on the importers to produce and affix new labels marked with the deposit sign.

    Furthermore, spirits are often more expensive purchases, which may mean that the 10 cents is not enough of a motivation to return the packaging for some of the population.

  • Why is returning packaging worth it?

    The packaging is worth returning, as you will recover a 10 ct deposit for every item. However, the most important thing is that, by returning these containers, you are contributing to the beautification of the environment and the protection against pollution. The deposit system ensures the maximum collection and management of packaging materials.

  • How many packages does the Public Institution Užstato Sistemos Administratorius collect and recycle every year?

    The USAD collects half a billion of packages every year.

    In 2016, 74 percent of all the packaging released into the market was collected. In 2017, the rate rose to 92 percent. In 2018, we plan to collect 93 percent of all the packaging covered by the deposit system.

  • What happens to the returned packaging?

    The packaging that is collected, both through the reverse vending machines and manually, travels to the calculation centre, where it is calculated and prepared for recycling.

  • Where does the disposable packaging collected by the USAD go, and how is it recycled?

    The USAD collects over 500 million disposable packages through the reverse vending machines and at the manual collection centres, which are taken to the USAD calculation centre. Here, they are calculated, sorted and prepared for recycling.

    Glass packaging is shredded, and the pieces are transported to glass factories, where they are melted into new products.

    Recycling of glass results in a 20 percent reduction of air pollution and a 50 percent reduction of water pollution, as compared to its production from primary raw materials (sand, chalk, dolomite, etc.). In nature, a glass bottle takes 1000 years to decompose.

    The USAD collects and transfers over 7000 tonnes of glass for recycling every year.

    Metal packaging is pressed at the USAD calculation centre and is sold to the processor that offers the best conditions.

    At the processor’s factory, it is finely chopped and stripped of paint at a high temperature. Then, the clean aluminium is melted into ingots almost 2 metres in width. Later on, these ingots will become aluminium tin that is used for forming new aluminium cans.

    Metal recycling requires significantly less energy compared to mining. 95 percent less energy is used for the manufacturing of a can from used packaging. In nature, an aluminium can takes 50 to 200 years to decompose.

    The USAD collects and transfers around 3500 tonnes of metal packaging for recycling every year.

    Plastic packaging is pressed into blocks at the USAD calculating centre and is sold to the winning processor of PET raw materials.

    Part of the recycled plastic packaging is turned into plastic fibre, from which polyester fabric is made. This is used for making clothes, backpacks and other products. Another part of the raw material is crushed into pellets, which are melted down to make new plastic products. Continuously recycled plastic does not enter our environment and does not pollute our surroundings.

    In nature, a plastic bottle takes around 450 years to decompose. USAD not only transfers plastic packages for recycling, but also the plastic bags that are used for transporting the containers into the calculation centre.

    The USAD collects and transfers around 12,000 tonnes of plastic packaging for recycling and bags for the transportation of the packaging every year.

    The deposit system reduces the demand for raw materials and electricity, and thus mitigates our impact on the environment on an annual basis. The Lithuanian deposit system alone is preventing 55,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released every year.

  • Other enquiries

    If you did not find an answer to your question:
    - Message us: info@usad.lt
    - Call us: +370 5 203 12 10

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