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News from Finland: Return Rate of Plastics Bottles almost 90 percent

The return rate of the deposit plastics bottles in Finland went up from year 2008 till year 2009 almost 15 percentage units. 

According to deposit system operator, PALPA Oy, the return rate of plastics bottles was 89 %, aluminum cans 92 % ja glass bottles 98 %.

New deposit plastics bottles came to shop shelves in January 2008. It took only 2 years for consumers to reach the level of 90 %, while with aluminum cans it took over 10 years. Consumers also think that deposit plastics bottle is by far the most environmental friendly packaging there is.

"Using deposit is clearly a very powerful way of avoiding bottles becoming litter and waste", says Pasi Nurminen, managing director of PALPA.