Bottle Collection. Photo: Ilan Malester
Under the Beverage Container Deposit Law, which came into force in 2001, consumers pay a NIS 0.30 deposit for small bottles, which hold up to 1.5 liters of liquid. They get that money back if they bring the empty bottles to collection points.
A 2010 amendment to the law stipulates that producers and importers of large bottles, that hold more than 1.5 liters, are responsible for collecting and recycling those bottles. The amendment sets a 55% collection rate for these bottles, and a 90% recycling rate for the bottles collected. In accordance with the amendment, if by 2016, 55% of large bottles are not collected, then a deposit will be charged for them as well.
The MoEP is now proposing to include large bottles in the Packaging Law instead of in the Beverage Container Law. This can be done, as the Packaging Law relates to all packaging, other than bottles that hold less than 1.5 liters. This change would mean producers and importers of large bottles would be responsible for paying for their collection and recycling. A deposit will not be charged for them, regardless of the recycling rate. There will still be a deposit for small bottles.
The MoEP estimates Israeli consumer will lose some NIS 200 million if large bottles remain under the Beverage Container Deposit Law. (Today, consumers pay about NIS 230 million in deposits for small bottles, but receive only 6.5% of that money back. The rest of the money is used to pay for collection of the bottles.)
Advantages of the revision include:
- More plastic will be recycled without raising the cost of living
- Infrastructure to collect the bottles (cages) already exist throughout the country
- A revision will promote advanced infrastructure for treatment of packaging waste
Public opinion on the issue is important, as this revision will affect the environment, the public, the cost of living, and importers and producers.
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