PET bottles to be treated like glass bottles. Deposit scheme gearing up for launch

Deposit money will be uniform.

Illustrative stock photoIllustrative stock photo (Source: SME)

When images of Bodva River polluted by plastic bottles emerged three years ago, it reignited Slovak discourse on what to do with plastic waste.

The problem of a polluted environment was no longer something that was just a concern for distant sunny shores, but something that could now be observed by Slovaks.

Related articleThe Bodva river is clogged with bottles Read more 

The debate over whether people should have to pay a deposit fee for plastic bottles similar to those on glass bottles has appeared in mainstream Slovak discussions at regular intervals. However, it always ended with the sentiment that having people recycle bottles individually rather than having them return bottles to vendors is the path that Slovaks have chosen and will stay on.

That didn’t stop the Environment Ministry from proposing a new law; one that would require people to pay a deposit when purchasing goods stored in plastic bottles and tin cans.

This is similar to a system in place for glass bottles, where customers who buy beverages stored in glass bottles pay a deposit as part of the good’s cost and that money is reimbursed when they return the bottle.

The start date for the legislation was set to 2022, meaning that bottles will start being returned from January of that year.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Health Minister Marek Krajčí and PM Igor Matovič shaking hands in front of cargo plane with Sputnik V supplies on March 1.

Sputnik V was checked by a lab after ex-minister Krajčí’s request

Both the ministry and the drug control authority were notified about the lacking registration but had no objections, said head of the Biomedical Research Centre.

4 h
Health Minister Marek Krajčí (left) and PM Igor Matovič (both OĽaNO) welcome the first Sputnik vaccine doses in Slovakia.

Chief hygienist and scientists back the Slovak medicines agency

General Prosecutor’s office has received a motion to investigate the controversy surrounding vaccines.

23 h
Igor Matovič at the April 9 press conference.

Russia’s vaccine diplomacy received a blow

Several foreign media have reported on the recent dispute over the Russian vaccine Sputnik V in Slovakia.

4 h
PM Igor Matovič talked about the purchase of 2 million Sputnik V vaccines in mid-February.

Matovič fell into a trap carefully staged by Russia

The former prime minister committed a diplomatic faux pas and disregarded the Slovak national interest, says foreign policy analyst Pavel Havlíček.

23 h