Bottle Bill Resource Guide

 

Law Summary STATUTORY ORDER ON PACKAGING FOR BEER AND SOFT DRINKS # 124, amended by STATUTORY ORDER #540 requires all domestic beer and soft drink to be sold in refillable bottles. Mandatory deposit/return system for imported containers made of glass and plastic.[1]
Date Implemented (#124) 2002; amended (#540) in 2007
Containers Covered Plastic (Predominantly PET), Metal, glass
Beverages Covered

beer, soft drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, iced tea, ready-to-drink beverages, alcoholic mixers

Amount of Deposit

Metal, glass, plastic < 1l: 1 DKK (€0.13, USD$0.15)

Plastic 0.5l: 1.5 DKK (€0.2, USD$0.22)

Metal, glass, plastic ≥ 1l: 3 DKK (€0.4, USD$0.45)

Handling Fees

RVM accepted containers with compaction: 

  • Metal: 0.009 DKK (€0.0012, USD$0.0013) 
  • Plastic <1L: 0.013 DKK (€0.0017, USD$0.0019) 
  • Plastic > 1L: 0.018 DKK (€0.0024, USD$0.0027) 
  • Glass: 0.063 DKK (€0.0084, USD$0.0094)
Program Success

Success rate (2016):

Total return rate: 90%

Can: 90%

PET >1L: 90%

PET <1L: 90%

Glass: 90%

Trippage rate: 32 trips (average for all containers)

 

Footnotes

1. "Statutory Order on Deposits on and the Collection etc. of Packaging for Certain Beverages". Government of Denmark, June 2017. Translated by GlobalDenmark Translations. https://mst.dk/media/133287/statutory-order-on-deposits-on-and-the-collection-etc-of-packaging-for-certain-beverages.pdf