Relying on an RVM quickly turned out to be a smart decision for this
regional store. “I recommend it to all other store managers, because it
saves time and increases comfort,” says Ladislav Macsadi, Deputy Operations
Manager at Coop Jednota Nove Zámky.
He adds: “Customers have welcomed the deposit system; they are happy
with it and so is our staff.” The quick adoption of the DRS was possible thanks
to Coop Jednota employees who helped customers get acquainted with the new
system and guided them in depositing the right types of beverage containers.
A real crowd pleaser
Consumers, too, echo Mr. Macsadi’s sentiments. “My experience is
excellent. It’s totally easy,” says one of the supermarket’s customers,
Andrea. Her opinion is shared by more than 60 % of Slovaks, who, in an online
survey conducted by TOMRA, expressed their clear satisfaction with the new
deposit return system.
“I think the deposit system is crucial for our nature and our planet. I
believe that even people who never sorted materials for recycling before will
now start returning their containers,” adds Zuzana, another
of the supermarket’s customers.
Other interviewed customers believe that the
inclusion of PET bottles and beverage cans in the new deposit return system
will help remove waste from the cities and nature.
Customer adoption of the new system is also evident in the collection
numbers that have been growing steadily since the beginning of the year. According
to Ladislav Macssadi, their store collected on average 1,800 plastic bottles
and cans per month in the first quarter of 2022. As of April, more than 8,700
beverage containers were deposited in Andovce, indicating a clearly growing
popularity of the DRS.
deposit return system at a glance
The deposit return system is a
modern means of extended producer responsibility, which, through the collection
of disposable beverage containers, involves everyone in the fight for
environmental protection and against free-flowing waste.
The Slovak deposit system was
launched on 1 January 2022. All single-use plastic beverage bottles and cans
with a capacity from 0.1 l up to and including 3 l can be deposited. Deposit
bottles and cans are marked with a Z symbol in recycling arrows and the text
“ZÁLOHOVANÉ“. PET bottles and cans of beverages such as mineral water,
sweetened drinks, fruit juices, iced teas, energy drinks, beer, wine, or mixed
alcoholic beverages can be deposited. The deposit amount is 15 eurocents both
for PET bottles and cans. Deposit containers must be returned to a collection
point without residual liquids, not compressed, with the lid on and with a readable
barcode. They can be returned at any marked collection point, regardless of
where they have been purchased. Shops collect deposit containers via reverse
vending machines and in smaller shops using a hand-held scanner, e.g. at the
checkout. A map of collection points is available here.