The Dutch Government has announced plans to expand its deposit-return scheme to include bottles smaller than one litre in volume. A deposit of 0.15 euro will be added to all bottles under one litre when the scheme goes into effect on 1 July 2021.
The higher deposit of 0.25 euro on one-litre bottles and above will not be affected by the new plan and will remain in place.
At present, it is believed that up to 100 million of the 900 million small plastic bottles sold in the Netherlands every year make their way into the natural environment.
The Dutch government hopes that the new deposit-return scheme will result in 90% of all small and large plastic bottles being returned for recycling at the country’s 12,000 collection points.