Monday, 2 March 2020
For quite some time now, Denmark introduced a recycling system known to the locals as “pant”, the success of which has lead to it being extended to many additional products....
For quite some time now, Denmark introduced a recycling system known to the locals as “pant”. With this system, customers pay a small surcharge when they purchase plastic bottles, glass bottles, and cans, which is then returned when the bottles are recycled using the special recycling machines found in most supermarkets.
Now, the system was extended to include more than 400 different types of bottles, including juice, smoothies and cordial. In total, this means an addition of over 50 million bottles, both plastic, and glass, will now have the potential to be recycled annually, by the estimations of Dansk Returnsystem, the recycling system’s operator.
The system update wat approved by the parliament in 2018, but it took almost a year for it to be implemented. This change came after the success of the current program, which resulted in Danes returning almost 4 million bottles and cans daily, which makes the country one of the leaders in recycling.
Even though not all of the new container types were made recyclable immediately, starting November 1st, 2019, all smoothie, juice and cordial bottles were marked pantable.
Denmark’s surcharging-based recycling system for plastic and glass extends to juice and smoothie bottles