Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Law Summary Deposits are a voluntary measure organized by industry. As of December 2018, there is no relevant legislation.
Date Implemented The current system was established in 2007.
Containers & Beverages Covered One-way and refillable PET plastic bottles (water & carbonated soda)
Refillable glass bottles (beer) [1]
Refundable Deposit 

PET plastic bottles: €0.25 (US $0.28)

Refillable glass beer bottles: €0.10 (US $0.11)

Handling Fees

VBR: 0.06250€ ($0.071) per bottle

Unclaimed Deposits

Retained by producer/importer

Program Success

Return Rates: [2]

One-way & refillable PET plastic: estimated as 95%. The deposit organization (Retourverpakking) does not have access to sales data.

Refillable glass: unknown.

 

Details

The deposit system in the Netherlands is voluntary; producers and importers are not required to register bottles in the deposit system. Some retailers have elected to establish their own deposit system; Aldi partially refunds deposits, and Lidi does not reimburse deposits. [3]

The system uses return-to-retail. About 11% of redemption is manual, and 89% uses automated systems (reverse vending machines/RVMs). [4]

According to the Netherlands Return Packaging Foundation (Stichting Retourverpakkingen NL), only one company was using refillable PET bottles as of late 2018. [5]

One-way glass is recycled at drop-off sites; the recycling rate is estaimated at 88%. Steel cans are removed from municipal solid waste prior to incineration.[5]

 

Footnotes

1. “Deposit Systems for One-Way Beverage Containers: Global Overview 2018." CM Consulting/ReLoop Platform, 2018. (CM/RL 2018) 

2.  Personal communication from Raymond Gianotten, Retourverpakking, Dec. 13, 2018 (RG 2018)

3.  Retourverpakking website

4.  “Deposit Systems for One-Way Beverage Containers: Global Overview 2018." CM Consulting/ReLoop Platform, 2018. 

5.  RG 2018

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Stichting Retourverpakkingen NL
(Netherlands Return Packaging Foundation)
PO Box 179
2501 CD The Hague
www.retourverpakking.nl