Please note that English version of this website is translated automatically, so mistakes in texts may occur. Thank you for your understanding.

Backup system for plastic bottles and cans

The mandatory deposit system for plastic bottles and cans in Slovakia operates in the form of the so-called deposit model – when buying a drink, the customer pays 15 cents for the container and this amount is then returned when it is returned. It has been running since January 1, 2022. The goal of the system is to increase the current amount of beverage packaging collection from 60% to 90% in 2025.

We have been intensively preparing for the new deposit from January 2022 for several months, including through two pilot projects of deposit machines in Tesco stores in Senec (April 2021) and Nitra (June 2021). For each plastic bottle or can handed over to the collection machine, we will contribute 5 cents to the planting of greenery and the revitalization of green areas in Senec and Nitra. Customers handed over more than 26,000 cans and plastic bottles to the machines.

Why do we need a backup?

The introduction of a deposit system will help increase the rate of recycling in Slovakia and increase the quality of recycled material, from which bottles and cans can be made again. It will also make it possible to reduce the amount of freely thrown waste from plastic bottles and cans in nature. These packages are not useless and unusable waste, but on the contrary - they are valuable raw materials that can be reused for the production of other packages.

Slovakia has committed to increasing the volume of collected beverage packaging from 60% to 90% in 2025. It is backup that creates an important opportunity to collect even more material of the highest quality suitable for recycling.

How the backup system works

1. When buying a drink in a plastic bottle or in a can from January 1, 2022, we will pay a deposit for the packaging in the amount of 15 cents, which will be returned when the packaging is handed over in stores (vending machines) in the same way as for glass bottles that have been deposited up to now.

2.We do not press packages marked with the Z logo symbolizing BACKED UP. We recommend rinsing at home after use. Don´t forget to leave a legible barcode on the packages and don´t throw away the plastic cap.*

3. At the pick-up point in the store, you can only return non-pressed beverage packaging marked with the graphic symbol Z and the text BACKED UP. You can find the symbol and text on the product right next to the EAN code.

4. For every returned prepaid packaging with a readable EAN code, we will get the deposit back after returning the packaging to the collection point (packages can be returned anywhere - not only in the store where they were purchased, but also in other establishments). The machine in the store will give you a confirmation of the amount of the deposit included, which you can use when paying for a purchase in that store, or they will return the cash to you at the customer information desks.

5. Containers from bottles that you bought before January 1, 2022 and are not marked with the graphic symbol Z, continue to place them compressed in the yellow container for sorted collection.

6. Returned backup packaging is transported to the sorting center.

7.Next, the packaging goes to a recycler for processing, which will process it and make new recycled material from it, which will be used mainly for new beverage packaging.

*Plastic bottles or cans for drinks with a volume from 0.1 liter to three liters inclusive, which contain more than eighty percent of water, are backed up. This does not apply to plastic or metal packaging for milk and milk drinks, syrups and alcoholic drinks with more than 15% alcohol content.

What can be made from plastic bottles?

The packaging returned by customers at the ATMs will be sent to a recycler for further processing and the so-called packaging will be made from them. recyclate, from which new products will be made, especially new packaging for drinks. Used and recycled packaging in this way becomes a valuable raw material that can be reused for the production of other packaging.

More and more manufacturers in the world are using recycled plastic, for example, also for ecological and design products. The fibers obtained by recycling PET bottles are used not only for other packaging, for example in the cosmetics or food industry, benches, children´s climbing frames, but also in the furniture industry and the fashion industry. Approximately 10 plastic bottles need to be processed for a T-shirt, 15 bottles are needed to fill a ski jacket. Selected F&F products, available in Tesco stores, are made in just this way. 

I want to know more