Ordinance On Beverage Containers (814.621)
Passed 5 January 2000; implemented 1 January 2001
Refillables, and one-way containers that are recycled at levels below 75% by weight.
|Deposit Amount||No less than CHF 0.30 for refillable containers and non-refillable PVC |
|Fees and Taxes||
Glass bottles: 
Recycling rates, 2017*: 
*Note: because these recycling rates are all above 75%, the deposit requirement is not in effect.
The July 5, 2000 “Ordinance On Beverage Containers” (814.621) repeals the August 22, 1990 ordinance of the same name. It regulates the supply and take-back of beverage containers in Switzerland, and finances glass bottle recycling. It places a mandatory deposit on refillable containers and non-refillable PVC plastic containers, and requires take-back and recycling of one-way and refillable beverage containers by dealers, manufacturers, and importers at their own expense. It requires that a deposit be imposed on non-refillable glass, PET, and aluminum beverage containers if their recycling rates fall below 75% by weight. [Footnote: “Calculation method for the recycling rate of beverage containers,” Federal Office for the Environment website, accessed 11/29/18].]
According to the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, The IGORA-Genossenschaft aluminium recycling cooperative levies a prepaid disposal fee on aluminum beverage cans and uses the fees to finance recycling activities. [footnote: “Aluminium packaging.” Federal Office for the Environment website, accessed 11/29/18.]
1. “Ordinance On Beverage Containers” (814.621), July, 5, 2000.
3. Verwertung von Getränkeverpackungen 2017 (Recycling of Beverage Containers 2017), Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU https://www.bafu.admin.ch/dam/bafu/en/dokumente/abfall/statistik/statistik-getraenkeverpackungen-2017.pdf.download.pdf/Verwertung%20von%20Getr%C3%A4nkeverpackungen%202017.pdf
Last Updated On 12 December 2021.