Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Law Summary Law No. 52/1989 and Regulation 368/2000 [1]
Date Implemented 7 June 1989
Containers Covered
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass
Beverages Covered
  • All ready-to-drink beverages
  • Wine and liquor
Beverages Not Covered
  • Dairy
  • Juice extracts
Deposit Amount

16 ISK (€0.11, USD$0.12)

Handling Fees 3 ISK (€ 0.02, USD$ 0.02)
Unredeemed Deposits

Kept by administrator (Endurvinnslan hf.)  to refinance the system.

Program Success

2019 Redemption Rates: 

  • Overall: 87.4%
  • Aluminum: 88.4%
  • PET plastic: 87.3%
  • Glass: 83.8%

2018 Redemption Rates: 

  • Aluminum: 85%
  • PET plastic: 83%
  • Glass: 80%

2014 Redemption Rates:

  • Overall: 90%
  • Can: 90%
  • PET: 87%
  • Glass: 83%

 

Details

Iceland implemented one of the first national container deposit systems in the world in 1989. Endurvinnslan hf. (Recycling Ltd) was established in the same year by law to administer and run the program. Endurvinnslan remains "the only company in Iceland that pays deposit for bottles and cans." [2] It is a coalition of many organizations, ranging from trade organizations, the Iceland Department of Environment, Coca-Cola/Pepsi, alcohol corporations, and smaller businesses.

Currently there are 60 return facilities around Iceland where people can return their containers. 10 locations are automated, with reverse vending machines (RVMs) counting the containers automatically, while the other locations count containers manually. [3]

Footnotes

[1] "Global Deposit Book 2020: An Overview of Deposit Systems for One-Way Beverage Containers." Reloop Inc. 15 December 2020

[2] "About us." Endurvinnslan hf. Last accessed May 2020. 

[3] See footnote 1.

 

Last Updated on 13 May 2021.

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