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Name of Program Law for a recycling system (Deposit system)
Date Implemented 7th. June 1989 (law 52/1989)
Beverages Covered All ready-to-drink beverages, excluding dairy and juice concentrate (for blending with water)
Containers Covered All non-refillable containers made of Aluminum, steel, plastic or glass
Deposit and Handling Fees/ Additional Fees 15 ISK 0.13 USD all containers/ 0.01 USD container PET plastic. 0,04 USD container made of Steel, glass and other plastic than PET.
Unclaimed Deposits Used to finance the system
Program Success Overall return rate 2013 = 90%.
Aluminum 94%, plastic 87%, glass 86%.


Endurvinnslan hf. (Recycling Ltd) was founded in 1989 by law nr. 52/1989 and is operated according to regulation nr. 368/2000. Endurvinnslan is the only company in Iceland that pays deposit for bottles and cans.

Iceland was the first country in the world to set up a deposit system on a national scale for a wide range of containers. Endurvinnslan has 60 return facilities all over Iceland where people can get their deposit paid back. In Endurvinnslan's return facilities in Knarravogur, Dalvegur, Hraumbæ, Reykjanes and Akureyri it is not necessary to sort or count bottles and cans as long as they are intact. In the other return facilities throughout the country, a person will have to sort and count bottles and cans to receive the deposit.


Information provided by http://www.endurvinnslan.is. Contact Helgi Lárusson helgi@evhf.is for more information.

Updated May 8, 2014

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