DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEVERAGE PACKAGES

ALUMINIUM CANS

Aluminium cans are an excellent recycling material. In practice, 100% of the collected materials can be directly used to manufacture new cans, and the recycling can be repeated almost indefinitely. The manufacturing of new cans from recycled aluminium only requires approximately 5% of the energy consumed in manufacturing new cans.

Empty cans are transported from the return point to the processing plant where they are pressed into large bales.
The bales are taken to an aluminium smelting plant where the aluminium is smelted into blocks.
The aluminium blocks are compressed into thin sheets that are used to manufacture new cans.

Did you know?

An average of 41 cans are returned every second.

Each Finn returns 234 beverage cans a year.

In a year, it amounts to 1.3 billion returned cans.

The returning rate of cans is 95% (calculated from packaging).

PLASTIC BOTTLES

The plastic bottles collected through reverse vending machines are PET plastic and they can be efficiently recycled. The recycled materials are used to manufacture new bottles and other packaging materials, among other things.

Empty bottles are transported from the return point to the processing plant where they are pressed into large bales.
The reprocessor mills the bottles and sorts them by colour for reuse.
The recycled plastic is used to manufacture new bottles, packaging materials and textiles, among other things.

Did you know?

An average of 15 plastic bottles are returned every second.

Each Finn returns 84 plastic bottles a year.

In a year, it amounts to 460 million returned bottles.

The returning rate of plastic bottles is 90% (calculated from packaging).

RECYCLABLE GLASS BOTTLES

Glass can be recycled almost indefinitely. Each tonne of glass made from recycled glass consumes about 30% less energy than manufacturing it from new raw materials. The recycled glass obtained from deposit bottles is very clean – in addition to glass, porcelain is often thrown in glass collection containers, which weakens the quality of crushed glass.

Empty bottles are delivered to the waste treatment plant where they are crushed, cleaned and sorted for recycling according to the colour of the glass.
Recycled glass is used to produce new glass bottles, other glass packages, glass wool and cellular glass.

Did you know?

An average of 4 recyclable glass bottles are returned every second.

Each Finn returns 24 recyclable glass bottles a year.

In a year, it amounts to 133 million returned bottles.

The returning rate of recyclable glass bottles is 88% (calculated from packaging).

REFILLABLE GLASS BOTTLES

The return system for refillable glass bottles was created as early as in the 1950s. Refillable bottles are mostly traditional brown beer bottles. Each bottle is reused an average of 33 times, after which the material is utilised as recycled glass.

Empty bottles are transported from the return point to the manufacturer of beverages where the bottles are washed and rinsed.
Next, the bottles are refilled and relabeled.

Did you know?

The returning rate of refillable glass bottles is apprx. 100% (calculated from packaging).