According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of Hungarians would support redemption machines and stand by more conscious waste management. Due to this response, a government official announced that the deposit system can be reintroduced by the end of 2021.
Although large supermarkets must have a recycling machine in Hungary, at the moment only certain (marked) glasses can de redeemed and glass producers joining the system is voluntary, while certain shops only redeem the glasses sold by them. Moreover, deposit redemption does not apply to plastic and aluminium bottles, except for Lidl, which pays HUF 2 (EUR 0.006) for each undamaged aluminium bottle, and HUF 1 for PET bottles.
According to the results of a new survey, a significant part of the respondents would support the introduction of redemption machines, with a preference to place them in supermarkets. 85% of them would collect bottles.
Deputy Chancellor of the University of Pannonia revealed that around 20,000 people filled out the survey, and 91% of them consider environmental protection of significant importance. Other results found that 66% occasionally collect glass waste, and 40% want to get the deposit back in cash. In addition, 33% would return a bottle for 10-20 forints (EUR 0.03-0.05), while the rest of the respondents would do so for more money. As a consequence, the project’s success will largely depend on the amount of the deposit fee, Róbert Kurdi concluded.
The goal is to make as much various packaging materials recyclable as possible, said the Ministry for Innovation and Technology’s State Secretary for Construction Economy, Infrastructure and Sustainability. Anita Boros claimed that the new system is planned to be kick-started at the end of 2021 or early 2022. Glass and metal packaging materials will be first made redeemable, later followed by other materials, such as cosmetic packaging material.
She revealed that nearly 18 million tons of waste are produced in Hungary every year, a significant part of which is municipal waste. 14-17% of the latter is plastic, 3-4% is metal, and 3.8-4.6% is glass. Currently, 35% of plastic waste is recycled, but in line with EU regulations this ratio must be raised to 55% by 2035.
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