Frequently Asked Questions
The Beverage Container Refund Scheme and the related Deposit Refunds will commence during 2022 on a date to be announced by the government through a respective legal notice.
The Beverage Container Refund Scheme has been set up by three Associations, the Malta Beverage Producers Association, the Malta Beverage Importers Association and the Malta Beverage Retailers Association, in an effort for these Associations as Producers and Retailers of beverages to assume the extended producer responsibility for beverage container waste in the Maltese islands.
Beverage Containers are more likely to be consumed on the go, hence are more likely to be littered or thrown away in mixed waste.
Beverages tend to be consumed quickly and soon after they are purchased, thus making up a big portion of single-use waste.
The beverages that form part of the Scheme include:
- water and flavoured water;
- non-carbonated soft drinks;
- carbonated soft drinks;
- ciders, beers and other malt beverages;
- ready to drink coffee;
- flavoured alcoholic beverages having an alcoholic content level which does not exceed 5%; and
The following beverages are out-of-scope of the Scheme:
- Beverages in refillable containers
- Juice and Nectars
- Wines and Spirits
- Beverages in Carton
- Beverages in HDPE
- Beverages in a Pouch
Only single-use, non-refillable beverage containers in steel, aluminium, glass and PET (plastic), with a capacity of between 0.1 litres and 3 litres, form part of the beverage container refund scheme.
Prior to the Scheme going Live in April of 2022, the BCRS Malta website shall have an easy-to-use function whereby any user may enter the barcode of any particular beverage product and will be advised whether that product is part of the Deposit Refund System.
With the implementation of the Scheme on the 1st of April 2022, every single-use beverage container in scope shall be subject to a deposit payment of €0.10c at the point of purchase. Upon return of the single-use beverage container at a Reverse Vending Machine or a designated redemption location, the consumer shall be entitled to a refund in full of the €0.10c deposit that had been paid, making the introduction of the Scheme cost neutral.
Any consumer can reclaim their €0.10c deposit when returning the empty beverage container at a Reverse Vending Machine or a designated redemption location. The beverage container needs to be returned empty and in good condition, with its shape still intact and barcode clearly readable.
The deposit shall only be reclaimed against a purchase at the retailer, with the deposit value being deducted from the consumer's bill.
Reverse Vending Machines shall be placed all around the Maltese islands at retail shops and common areas. The BCRS website shall, closer to the 1st of April 2022, host an interactive map showing all locations of RVMs around the Maltese islands.