Netherlands: Dutch Delay Implementation of a Deposit Scheme for Cans

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   NL2022-0067

The implementation of a much-debated deposit scheme for metal cans in the Netherlands has been delayed until April 1, 2023, due to information technology challenges surrounding the deposit system and an insufficient number of machines to press returned cans. The goal of this scheme is to collect valuable material which can be recycled into new cans and to prevent cans from ending up in the environment. A reimbursable deposit of €0.15 cents per can will be mandatory for all metal cans with a capacity of three liters or less -- in which 'ready-to-drink' beverages are sold for human consumption. Not only must a can bear the deposit logo as of April 1, 2023, but it must also be provided with a new European Article Number (EAN). U.S. producers of craft beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages may be affected. The majority of these cans will have a UPC code and will need to be relabeled (via stick-on labels with the logo and the EAN code) in order to be compliant.

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