Packaging deposit system in the Azores

Packaging deposit system in the Azores

Promoter: Regional Directorate for the Environment


EEA Grants: 719,910.11€

Total Amount: 941,058,97€


As a way to increase the quantity of selective collection of packaging waste, we intend to implement a deposit and incentive system for the consumer to return the non-reusable beverage packaging, made of plastic, metal and glass, in the entire archipelago. This system will make it possible to improve the quality of the packaging collected, making it more valuable when it is recycled and instilling good habits regarding the consumption of solid waste.

The project covers the entire population of the Azores and involves the entities managing Urban Waste, specifically the 19 municipalities of the RAA, through the respective associations and all the companies responsible for the sorting centers. Also noteworthy, is the involvement of the three largest companies in the beverage industry based in the Azores and the participation of the Integrated Citizen Support Network (RIAC), through its 55 stores on all of the islands.

The project is based on the acquisition of 25 reverse vending machines, designed for the deposit of non-reusable beverage packaging, to be installed in all 9 islands of the Azores archipelago, due to the territorial dispersion and guaranteeing at least one machine per municipality.

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