RIGA - Shareholders of Depozita Iepakojuma Operators (DIO, Packaging Deposit Operator), which are beverages producers, will invest an estimated EUR 25 to 39 million in the creation of a packaging deposit system, the company's CEO Miks Sturitis told journalists.
He indicated that although Latvia's packaging deposit system is based on the Lithuanian and Estonian model, the company will prioritize Latvia's specific situation and sustainability strategy. DIO plans to set up around 1,300 packaging collection points, of which 500 will be reverse vending machines and 800 manually operated collection points.
Sturitis added that DIO would provide the reverse vending machines.
In Sturitis' words, the deposit system is the only way to meet the requirements the EU's single-use plastics directive, under which member states are expected to collect 77 percent of disposable plastic bottle caps by 2025 and 99 percent by 2029.
Sturitis said that at present 46 percent of plastic items, 70 percent of glass items and 55 percent of metal items in Latvia are returned for recycling. DIO aims to increase the amount of returned plastic and glass items to 90 percent and the amount of returned metal items to 80 by 2030.
As reported, Latvia plans to launch its packaging deposit system on February 1, 2022.
Depozita Iepakojuma Operators was founded in June this year by Alus un Dzerienu Iepakojuma Savieniba (Association of Beer and Beverages Packaging), whose owners include Aldaris (24.98 percent), Cesu Alus (24.09 percent), Cido Grupa (24.09 percent), Agrofirma Tervete (10.4 percent), Piebalgas Alus (5.82 percent), Bauskas Alus (5.12 percent), Simeks (2.27 percent), Mamas D (1.83 percent), Uzavas Alus (1.02 percent) and Alus Nams (0.4 percent).