How does collection using a reverse vending machine work in detail?
- From 1 January 2025, each distributor purchases the products incl. deposit (and is billed for the product and deposit).
- The consumer purchases the PET bottle or can incl. the 25-cent deposit.
- After finishing their drink, the customer returns the empty bottle or can at a reverse vending machine.
- The reverse vending machine checks whether the product is part of the deposit system and in an adequate condition.
- If it is, the reverse vending machine issues a voucher for the deposit.
- Recycling Pfand Österreich organises the collection together with partners.
- The reverse vending machine provider is credited the disbursed deposits of the collected containers as well as a handling fee per item.
- In order for this process to be effected, the collector must register with Recycling Pfand Österreich.