Retail and Horeca: Expanding the deposit-refund system
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.
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.