Denmark adding juices to deposit system

July 31, 2018

The Danish government recently announced that beginning January 1, 2020, companies selling juices in plastic, glass and metal packaging on the Danish market will be required to charge a deposit on refillable and non-refillable containers. Manufacturers of these products will also have to participate in the deposit system, Dansk Retursystem (DK).


The decision to expand the deposit system to include juices follows an analysis from the Ministry of Environment and Food in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark.


Juice products include:

  • Ready-to-drink beverages made of fruit and vegetable juices.

  • Concentrated soft drinks and juices consisting of fruit and vegetable juices which are not immediately ready to drink.


Deposit amounts will range depending on material and size of the juice packaging:

  • DKK 1 for glass bottles and cans under 1 liter.

  • DKK 1.5 for plastic bottles under 1 liter.

  • DKK 3 for all packaging between 1 – 20 liters.


Expanding the deposit system to include juices is expected to add 52 million bottles and cans to the 1.2 billion drink containers currently returned via the DK system – a 4-5% increase. The government believes that this will be significant to Danish consumers, as bottles will remain in a closed loop domestically and will not go to waste.


Denmark has one of the world’s leading bottle and can deposit systems, with more than 90% of packaging collected and recycled into new bottles and cans. Implementation will not begin until 2020 so that retailers have time to sell their current inventory and reverse vending machines can be updated.


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