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

Top stories

News digest: Green passes to be launched on Saturday, minister asks people not to sign up right away

Three other Delta variant cases confirmed in Slovakia. Travelling within the EU should be easier thanks to Green Passes. People in tourism optimistic about the upcoming season.

6 h
Marian Kocner and his lawyer at the Supreme Court

The wrong way to put things right

Overturning not-guilty verdicts, especially in cases as emotive as the Kuciak murder trial, is a very bad idea.

9 h
In 2020, the National Cybersecurity Centre was involved in investigating 450 ransom attacks.

North Koreans and Russians. How did hackers target Slovakia?

The security authority reported hundreds of attacks over the past year.

23. jún
Illustrative stock photo

First Delta variant case confirmed in Slovakia

The labs confirmed the strain in a positive sample from a person who returned from Russia.

23. jún