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 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.

Palpa News - Importers and breweries May 2015



Changes in one-way glass bottle registration

Based on the customer feedback and successful testing period we have been able to develop the product registration practice of glass bottles. From 16th of May 2015 importers and beverage manufacturers only have to send one glass bottle sample to each reverse vending machine manufacturer and Palpa. This will reduce need of samples to 4 packages for each registered product. If the sample package is broken during shipping we will contact the sender and ask for a new sample. The bottle dimensions are no longer required to be filled in Palpa Extranet product registration form. After the latest update the product registration form has separate section for bottle dimensions. Palpa takes the responsibility to fill in the dimension information based on measuring the samples. All the dimension requirements for packages remain the same as presented in Marking Instructions.

Instruction of sending samples


Return rates 2014

The return rates of deposit beverage packages in Finland have remained on very high level in 2014. The return rates were 97 % for beverage cans, 92 % for one-way PET bottles and 89 % for one-way glass bottles. The development of Finnish beverage package return rates can be found in our “Kaikki Kiertää 2014” annual publication which also has brief sections in English. The return rates of all our recycling systems are among the highest in the world. Palpa wants to thank all the Finnish consumers , companies in beverage industry, importers and retail trade for taking care of our environment.

Kaikki kiertää 2014

Palpa News - HoReCa March 2015



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.
Return rate was 97 % 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 97 %.


Renewed PALPA sorting and return instructions

The sorting and return instructions are updated at the beginning of March. The instructions are more detailed now and gives more attention to the correct way of sorting and packing the returns. The information package regarding PALPA returns and refunds is also updated. You can find the new materials here:

Sorting instruction

Instruction for manual return of cans and plastic bottles

Instruction for manual return of glass bottles

Ordering instruction for packaging materials

Information package regarding PALPA returns and refunds


Glass bottle recycling

We have included in our recent newsletters brief recycling stories of each package type recycled by PALPA. In this newsletter we cover recyclable glass bottles.

The deposit glass bottles are collected from return locations in two ways; using direct recycling transports and backhauling transports of beverage distributors. When the beverage distributor collects the container, it’s first transported to distribution centre and further to handling centre where the container is emptied and washed to be ready for new delivery to a store or restaurant. When the direct transport is used, the container is emptied and rinsed at the store loading dock and the glass is transported directly to the recycling plant.

It is very important that the glass containers are packed only with beverage bottles made of glass. Even a small amount of porcelain or ceramics can contaminate large quantity of bottles and harm the glass recycling. Also many glass dishes (e.g. pints) are made of non-recyclable glass material. The glass bottles that are emptied from the containers at the handling plants are transported to the recycling plant. All the glass bottles collected by PALPA are recycled in Finland. At the recycling plant the bottles are crushed, cleaned and colour sorted. The caps and labels are removed. The clean and sorted glass is used as raw material for bottles, glass wool and foamed glass.

Palpa News - HoReCa November 2014



PET-bottle recycling

We will include in our newsletters this year brief recycling stories of each package type recycled by PALPA. In this newsletter we cover recyclable plastic bottles.


Deposits circulate with ease

PALPA handle and credit about two million electronic return receipts a year. This process a turns over approximately 300 million euros in deposits. Credit notes are created and dated twice a month, on the 15th and the last. The payment term is 21 days and PALPA pays the credit amounts automatically to the return locations bank account. The crediting process consists of large amounts of data and money. Therefore the process needs to be reliable and as automatic as possible for both PALPA and the return locations.

In year 2014 so far in average 99,8 % of all returnreceipts can be credited without manual intervention. Only 0,2 % require manual error checking. This means in practise that all reported return receipts can be handled and credited during the same crediting period.


Sorting of returns

Returned beverage packages from all three recycling systems 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 e-mail: [email protected].

Please ensure that you have enough stickers and the sorting - and return instructions readily available.By sorting correctly you'll ensure the maximum recyclability.

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