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The Estonian deposit system for the recycling of plastic bottles also feels the effect of Estonian shoppers travelling in large numbers south to Latvia for cheaper alcohol as the the return of deposit-subjected bottles has lessened since 2016.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR and daily Postimees reported on Thursday, June 28, that Kaupo Karba from the Estonian packaging recycling organisation Eesti Pandipakend has evaluated that the return of deposit-subjected bottles has fallen 3-4% in the first five months of 2018 alone, down 5% from 2017.

Estonia has a plastic bottle deposit system for used bottles, but its southern neighbour Latvia, where the prices of alcoholic beverages are considerably lower, does not.

Moreover, plastic bottle return machines in Estonia only accept bottles from Latvia as rubbish, therefore Estonian consumers have to give them for recycling.


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