Palpa to permit the labelling of small can batches


Palpa will permit the labelling of small can batches from the beginning of July. Cans can be labelled either fully or partly. Labels can be used if the annual sales of the product are less than 100,000 pcs. Currently Palpa approves UPM Raflatac Vanish RP 76 E as a label material. The markings of labelled cans are subject to the same requirements as printed cans.

Can labelling instructions

Marking instructions for aluminium beverage containers

Palpa News Horeca March 2016


PALPA Stops sending return instructions enclosed with PALPA stickers

Palpa stops sending sorting and return instructions enclosed with Palpa sticker orders as of 1st April 2016.

Return instructions 

Returning correctly

The appropriate sorting of return packages is essential for both the reuse of the material and for paying the refunds.


Use PALPA manual bag for returns. Don´t return other beverage packages in the same bag or have garbage in it.

Plastic bottles

Use PALPA manual bag for returns. Don´t return other beverage packages in the same bag or have garbage in it.

NB! Only plastic bottles with PALPAs deposit marking.

Recyclable glass bottles

Return in 240 l plastic container with lid. Other glass material, porcelain, ceramics or garbage can´t be returned in the container.

NB! You can never return glass bottles in a bag. Pieces of broken glass can be a large security risk for the driver and for the personnel in the processing plant.

If the return is not in compliance with PALPA’s instructions, the deposit refunds of the return may not be paid.

Remember to follow Palpas sorting and return instructions in all returns.

More information on returning


Return rates for 2015

Return rate was 95 % for deposit based beverage cans, 92 % for plastic bottles and 89 % for recyclable glass bottles. Return rate for refillable glass bottles administered by Ekopullo Ry was circa 98 %.

Finnish return rates for deposit-based beverage packages are very high and top class in international comparison.

We at PALPA would like to thank all Finns for environment friendly and conscious behaviour.

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].