Retail and Horeca: Expanding the deposit-refund system

20.12.2018

In addition to the customs tariff item 22 subject to the beverage container tax, Palpa is expanding the deposit-refund system to apply to fruit and vegetable juices as well as juice and beverage concentrates and glögg concentrates.

Accepted containers will include the Palpa return system’s current container types of aluminium cans, PET plastic bottles and glass bottles. Products of the product groups may be recognized as being subject to a deposit the same as the beverage containers that are already part of a deposit-refund system.

Registration of items included in the new product groups commences on 20 December 2018. Palpa will approve new products for the deposit-refund system on the 15th of each month (or on the last weekday preceding the 15th). Products may be sold subject to a deposit after they have been approved for the deposit-refund system.

Products in the new product groups will gradually become subject to a deposit, according to each beverage manufacturer’s or importer’s own schedule.

  

Recognizing a product as being subject to a deposit

With cans and plastic bottles, the containers subject to a deposit can be recognized based on the deposit marking on their labels.

Glass containers registered using a national barcode (the product is only sold in Finland using the barcode in question) also feature a deposit marking on their labels.

Glass containers registered using an international barcode (the product is sold globally using the barcode in question) do not have a deposit marking on their labels. In this case, a product may be recognized as being subject to a deposit based on a marking on the shelf or on the receipt for purchase.

Whether containers are subject to a deposit may also be checked using the Palpa online tool.

 

Sorting containers into transport units

Containers for the new product groups are sorted into transport units the same as the containers subject to a deposit that are already part of the deposit-refund system.

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The delivery schedule of Palpa stickers

Palpa sends the stickers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  We want to remind all return locations to order the stickers on time.

More Palpa stickers can be ordered from Extranet (extra.palpa.fi) or from asiakaspalvelu@palpa.fi. Please remember to use only the return location’s own stickers in returns.

Returning correctly

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

CANS
Use Palpa manual bag for returns. Do not return other beverage packages or garbage in the bag.

PLASTIC BOTTLES
Use Palpa manual bag for returns. Do not return other beverage packages or garbage in the bag. NB! Only plastic bottles with Palpas deposit marking.

Sort cans and plastic bottles separately and return them always in original shape, empty and clean.  

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! It is not allowed to return glass bottles in a bag. Pieces of broken glass can be a large health and safety 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 Palpa’s sorting and return instructions in all returns.

More information on returning