“Správca zálohového systému, n.o.” (Deposit return system Administrator) is newly established non-profit organization responsible for creation, administration, financing and coordination of deposit system in Slovakia.
The Slovak Ministry of the Environment officially commissioned Consortium of 4 associations of beverage producers & retailers, namely AVNM, SZVPS, SAMO and ZOSR, to establish a central DRS Administrator for Slovakia. Their members altogether represent almost 80 % of all drink containers placed on the market and more than 3,000 retail stores in Slovakia.
With the introduction of the deposit return system, we start to write a new story about Slovakia. We have a chance to become a country without litter from PET bottles and cans. PET bottles and cans are not useless waste! These are valuable materials whose recycling makes sense.
Slovakia has committed itself to increase the current collection of beverage containers from 60 % to 90 % in 2025. It has chosen a deposit return system that combines the efforts of producers, retailers, consumers and the state on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic. This system gives a chance to collect more higher quality material for recycling and reuse in new containers, reduce visible source of litter and save natural resources.
Deposit return system is a tool of extended producer responsibility that can increase the amount of collected PET bottles and cans to more than 90 %, support recycling and contribute on reducing the amount of litter in nature.
System includes all disposable containers from plastic (bottles) and metal (cans) with a volume of 0.1 to 3 l inclusive, with the exception of milk, syrups and hard liquor (more than 15 %).
For the purposes of the law, "liquid foodstuffs containing more than 80 % of water capable of satisfying the physiological need for water, do not include milk". This definition includes all ready to drinks such as carbonated soft drinks, non-carbonated soft drinks, mineral waters, spring waters, baby waters, flavored waters, fruit juices, nectars, fruit drinks, iced teas, sports drinks, energy drinks, beer, cider, perry, radler and fruit wine.
Deposit will be the same for PET bottles and cans, 15 eurocents.
From 1. 1. 2022.
Single-use beverage containers, which are subject to the obligation under § 3 par. 1 and which do not meet the requirements under this Act, may be placed on the market until 31 December 2021 or distributed until 30 June 2022.
Deposit return system Administrator is a new non-profit organization providing services of general interest based on a mandate issued by the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.
The bodies of the Deposit return Administrator are the Board of Directors, the Director and the Supervisory Board. The members of the bodies were nominated by the founding associations and the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.
It is anticipated that the scheme will be paid for through producer fees, revenue from the sale of materials and unredeemed deposits.
Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.
The producer of beverage containers is a producer of drink containers according to a special regulation (Section 52, Paragraph 11 of Act No. 79/2015 Codex), which places beverages on the market in single-use beverage packaging on which a deposit is due.
The distributor of beverage containers is the distributor of beverage containers according to a special regulation (Section 52, Paragraph 14 of Act No. 79/2015 Codex), which distributes drinks in single-use beverage packaging on which a deposit is due.
The producer is obliged to request the Administrator to conclude a contract on the fulfillment of obligations under the law within 60 days from the notice of the commencement of the Administrator's operation. The distributor is obliged to ask the Administrator to conclude a contract on the fulfillment of obligations within 60 days from the delivery of the notice of commencement of Administrator's operation, if he is interested in registering as a collection point, by legal obligation or voluntarily. In case of a request for concluding of contract with Administrator, please contact us on email@example.com.
A drink containers distributor who sells beverages to the end user-consumers in a sales area of at least 300 m2, with the exception of a drink container distributor who sells food and beverages as supplementary goods (such as drugstores) in such a sales area. These obligations may be fulfilled voluntarily by a drink containers distributor who sells beverages in a sales area of less than 300 m2.
The priority of the Deposit return system Administrator will be to support the recycling of the collected material and its subsequent use for the same purpose for which it was originally produced. The administrator adheres to the principles of the circular economy and promotes recycling from bottle to bottle and from can to can. This will create an opportunity for producers in Slovakia, to meet their legal obligations and voluntary commitments.
You can find basic information in the Act on the deposit return of disposable packaging of 11 September 2019, in the Decree of the Ministry of the Environment of 14 October 2019 and in the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019.
Správca zálohového systému n.o.
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Správca zálohového systému n.o.
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