Horeca: The deposit refund principles for one way glass bottles, sorting of return packages and the use of Palpa stickers

01.12.2016

The deposit refund principles for one way glass bottles are verified

Palpa has received feedback on refund principles for one way glass bottles that are based in conversion of the size of a container, due to the amount of small bottles has risen. The conversion is now 400 bottles for a big container and 150 bottles for a small one.

Palpa has verified the conversions in October 2016 by comparing the last 12 months reverse vending machine receipts to returned containers. Approximately 80 % of one way glass bottles are returned via reverse vending machines.

Statistics covered 2 400 return locations and 230 000 transported containers. The amount of glass bottles in a big container was 394 bottles and in a small one 156 bottles. Based on these results Palpa will not change the amounts of deposit refunds and will follow up their development regularly.

Returning correctly

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

Cans
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 Palpa's deposit marking.

Recyclable glass bottles
Return in 240 l plastic container with lid. Other glass material, porcelain, ceramics or garbage is prohibited to return 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

Using Palpa stickers

Palpa pays the refunds to the company whose Palpa sticker is used in the return. If the return location uses for example the previous owners stickers will the payment of the deposit refunds be delayed.
Remember to use only the company´s own stickers in returns.

Palpa to permit the labelling of small can batches

05.07.2016

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

31.03.2016

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.

Cans

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

29.01.2016

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.