Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name of Program
Date Implemented Expected January 2022; passed in September 2019
Containers Covered

Containers of the following materials between 0.1L and 3L [1]:

  • Plastic (PET)
  • Metal (Aluminum)
Beverages Covered
  • Water
  • Beer
  • Juices
  • Wine
Beverages Not Covered
  • Oil
  • Milk and dairy alternatives
Refundable Deposit
  • Plastic: €0.12
  • Metal: €0.10
Unclaimed deposits

Kept by program to offset operating costs. [2]

Handling Fee

€0.009 for RVM-returned containers, €0.031 for manually returned containers

Other Taxes and Fees TBD
Redemption Rate



Prior to 2003, Slovakia has had a deposit system in place for refillable glass bottles. [3] In 2018, the Slovakian Minister commissioned the Slovakian Institute for Environmental Policy for a case-study into the potential implementation of a deposit return scheme in the country, in response to the European Union's 90% collection target for recyclable bottles. This study was published in November 2018. In September 2019,the Environment Ministry announced that a deposit scheme for PET bottles and aluminum cans will be implemented in 2022. [4]

Preliminarily, containers may be returned either manually or through reverse vending machines (RVMs). Stores less than 300 square meters will not be required to accept returned containers. As part of Slovakia's greater Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) guidelines, manufacturers are expected to both manage and finance the program, with the state operating in a supervisory role. [5] The refillable glass deposit program will remain unchanged.


[1] "Implementing DRS in Slovakia." Dráb, Ján. Institute for Environmental Policy.  Initially presented November 2019 at Conference on Best in Class Deposit Return Systems for Single Use Beverage Packaging.

[2] "Technical annex to the analysis “Real price of deposit (Analysis of the introduction of the deposit-refund system for single-use beverage packaging in the Slovak Republic.”" Institute for Environmental Policy. 2018.

[3] See Footnote 1.

[4] "PET Bottles and Cans Will Be Deposited from 2022." The News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR). 11 September 2019.

[5]"Najčastejšie otázky." trans. "Frequently Asked Questions." Ministry of the Environment. Last accessed April 2020.


Last updated on 20 April 2021.

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