Collection of deposit cans delayed by three months, minister not happy | NOW

Due to a shortage of raw materials and personnel, it will not be possible to collect deposit cans nationwide from 1 January 2023. Three months later than planned, from April 1, 2023, cans can be returned to supermarkets, among others. That writes Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen on Monday.

The Packaging Waste Fund Foundation is working on an intake system for consumer cans on behalf of the supermarket umbrella organization Central Bureau for Food Trade (CBL) and the trade association for food producers, the Federation of the Dutch Food Industry (FNLI). The measure is intended to reduce the amount of litter.

The collection system would be ready from 2023, but is now being delayed due to “increasing uncertainty in delivery times of, for example, machines due to the scarcity of raw materials,” the foundation said in a press release.

As a result, it was decided to start using the system three months later – from 1 April 2023. The delay is intended to ensure that the deposit system functions properly immediately, the foundation writes. “Otherwise, the deposit system on cans is doomed to failure,” said the Packaging Waste Fund Foundation.

Minister Vivianne Heijnen (Environment) says he finds it “very disappointing” that the sector does not meet the previously agreed date – which was laid down by law last year. She wants to meet with the sector with the aim of meeting the effective date of December 31. If the sector does not succeed, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) can impose a fine, according to the minister.

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With the deposit system, the two billion cans that come onto the market every year can be returned without any problems to supermarkets, petrol pumps and train stations, for example. As a result of the system, consumers will pay 15 cents more on cans.