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How does collection using a reverse vending machine work in detail?

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