Updates to return system rules


Palpa has prepared updates to return system rules during 2015. The return systems have each started during different decades, and thus updates and harmonizations were considered necessary.

The updated rules are effective from 1 February 2016.

The updated rules are better suited to today’s return system operations. The updates do not cause any major changes in normal operations and no changes in the operational instructions are made.

Issues in rules have been reorganized and presented according to operational chronology, and similar features in the systems have been harmonized in the texts. Many definitions have been specified, new definitions have been added and some terms have been renamed. For example, a Deposit Payer is now called a Member.

Issues belonging to the operational instructions for the return system or official regulations have been removed from the rules. In these cases, the rules refer to instructions available at our website or to official regulations.

We invite you to read our new rules in the Material bank on our website.

More information: managing director  Pasi Nurminen, +358-9-8689 8665.

Palpa Recycling fees beginning at 1.1.2016


The recycling fee for beverage cans will decrease by 15% (0,0165 cents). 
The change in recycling fee is due to favourable development in aluminium recycling market including the market price outlook.

The recycling fees for plastic bottles will decrease by 7% in all categories. 
PET plastics market decline bottomed out in the spring of 2015 and the economy of the return system has stabilized due the positive progress in material sales. Also, there is a positive development of the overall costs. The share of bottle returns via reverse vending machines has increased further and saved counting and processing costs.

The recycling fees for glass bottles will remain on the same level as in 2015. 
The financial situation of glass bottle return system is still challenging. The cost increase caused by an increased volume is compensated by more efficient operations and positive development of the overall costs.

The Finnish consumers are still returning all beverage containers with excellent return rates that are world class in international comparison.

The new prices are available on PALPA web site.

Further information: Managing Director Pasi Nurminen, tel. +358-9-86898665.

Palpa News - HoReCa October 2015


About PALPA glass containers

As the summer season is over we would like you to take a look at your stock of glass containers.

If you have unusable or broken glass containers in storage, please return them to your beverage supplier marked with a PALPA sticker.

When you return an empty container, please notify it separately to the driver. The container deposit will be credited also for broken containers.

PALPA return packaging and use of PALPA stickers

Returned beverage packages from all three recycling systems (can, plastic- and glass bottles) must be sorted and packed to separate transport units. Every unit must be marked with PALPAs identification sticker. Stickers can be ordered on PALPA Extranet or by email from [email protected]

Please ensure that you have enough stickers and the sorting and return instructions readily available. By sorting correctly you will ensure the maximum recyclability. The latest return and sorting instructions can be found on PALPAs website in the Materials section.

PALPA credit notes as e-invoices

PALPA is able to send the deposit credit notes as e-invoices.

If you have the ability to receive e-invoices, please send us the address and operator information by email to [email protected]

The new address of Scanding Oy



The reverse vending machine vendor Scanding Oy has a new address since the 23rd of September:

Scanding Oy
Itäinen Valkoisenlähteentie 19 B

It is important to notice the change when sending samples. You can find the new updated Sending samples instruction from PALPA’s web site.

Palpa News - Horeca June 2015


Palpa's new website

We have published our new fresh homepage palpa.fi on 3rd of June 2015. The amount of information has increased and we have grouped it to make it easier to discover. 

Quick links to different information and service is gathered on the front page.

The section on beverage container recycling gives all essential information on PALPAs recycling systems and contains communications material.

The Retail and HoReCa section of the pages serves all parties that return deposit-based beverage packages to PALPA.


Panttiparkki expanding during summer 2015

PALPA has together with the city of Helsinki tested usage of tubes for deposit-based packages on the side of trash bins during late summer of 2014. The experience has been a good one and now the usage of Panttiparkki is going to expand to other cities in Finland.

The tube is mounted on the side of a trash bin and there can anyone put deposit-based beverage packages to be picked up and returned by someone else. This way the cans and bottles have no need to be put amongst the mixed waste or left in nature to litter the environment. The bottom of the tube moves sideways so that it is easy to remove the packages from the tube. Similar solutions are in use elsewhere in Europe.