The Scheme

The Consortium shall provide approximately 350 Reverse Vending Machines (RVMS), at strategic locations all over Malta and Gozo.

The Scheme shall be managed and operated by a Consortium, made up of the major Beverage Producers, Importers and Retailers in Malta.

The Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) is designed to encourage and motivate people to dispose of their containers in an environmentally friendly manner and in return receive the deposit through a cash voucher.

Consumers are encouraged to deposit their respective beverage containers in the RVM, which will automatically register the beverage container in accordance with its typology, and henceforth issue a cash voucher accordingly. The voucher has a value of € 0.10 per container, and may be redeemed at establishments in the proximity of the particular RVM in which the container is deposited within two years from date of issue. There could be instances whereby consumers would have the opportunity to donate the voucher value to a good cause.

The consumers should adopt a culture whereby beverage containers are stored adequately in preparation to be effectively deposited in the RVMs. It is pertinent to highlight that unless the typology of the beverage container is maintained, the RVM would not accept it.

In simpler terms, particularly beverage containers made up of plastic, should not be squashed in order to be deposited in the RVMs. The Consortium is legally bound to attain the targets for collection and recycling stipulated by the EU Directives and governed by a Licence Agreement issued by Circular Economy Malta.