How to join Norway's deposit system for refundable packaging.
Norway has a highly effective nationwide deposit and recycling system for non-refillable beverage packaging. Infinitum administers the system.
Non-refillable beverage packaging offered for sale in Norway carries both a basic levy and an environmental levy.* The size of the environmental levy falls as the rate of packaging returns increases. And once the return rate reaches 95 per cent, it ceases to be applied at all.
Products included in the deposit system display Infinitum’s distinctive symbol. This symbol assures the consumers that the deposit will be refunded when the empty packaging is returned. Infinitum’s easy-to-read symbol also guides store staff who handle returns manually.
*The Norwegian recycling system is a statutory scheme that imposes a basic levy and an environmental levy on beverage packaging regardless of its point of origin. Infinitum is a non-profit organization owned by Norwegian bottlers and retailers. Beverages with the following contents are exempt from environmental levy: Raw pressed juice, juice concentrates, juice, fruit nectars, fruit syrup, beverages made from vegetables, powdered products, and fruit and berry squashes and concentrates. A more detailed definition of products exempt from the environmental levy can be obtained from the Norwegian Customs and Excise. Milk, milk products, cocoa and chocolate beverages and powders are also exempt from the basic levy.