Hungary pioneers a Deposit Return Scheme for single-use beverage containers, focusing on aluminium cans and bottles in collaboration with TOMRA and MOHU. With 1000 RVMs installed across supermarkets, the initiative aims for efficient recycling, fostering a circular economy. The system's technological advancements ensure seamless sorting, aligning with EU directives for sustainable practices.
Recycling remains paramount in the aluminium industry's evolving landscape, and Hungary stands at the forefront, unveiling a new Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in partnership with TOMRA and MOL Hulladékgazdálkodási Zrt. (MOHU).
This innovative scheme aims to revolutionize the recycling process, focusing on single-use aluminium cans and selected glass or plastic bottles for ready-to-drink or concentrated beverages, excluding milk-based products, ranging from 0.1 to 3 litres.
Dávid Bakos, TOMRA Collection's Managing Director in Hungary, commended Hungary's progressive steps toward a circular future, highlighting the DRS launch as pivotal in reshaping waste management and bolstering recycling participation.
Hungary has strategically placed 1000 high-capacity Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) in medium and hypermarkets, with TOMRA's plan for further installations throughout the year. The DRS incorporates advanced technology facilitating automated identification and sorting of drink containers, streamlining the return process while ensuring reliability and efficiency.
MOHU's alignment with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) underpins the DRS objectives, promoting a circular economy and reducing litter. The system aims to collect 90% of plastic beverage bottles by 2029, in line with the EU's Single-Use Plastics Directive.
Szilvia Szabó, MOHU's Head of Producer Responsibility Systems, emphasized collaboration among stakeholders, advocating shared responsibility among producers, consumers, retailers, and municipalities. TOMRA's collaboration has fortified Hungary's collection infrastructure, ensuring a robust and efficient DRS launch.
This announcement follows Romania's large-scale DRS implementation and TOMRA's investment in Canada and the Netherlands, indicating a global shift towards advanced recycling systems.
Hungary's partnership with TOMRA and MOHU in implementing the DRS marks a significant stride toward sustainable recycling practices. The collaboration underscores a commitment to circular economies and aligns with European directives, fostering responsible waste management and promoting a greener future.