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Deposit system law - Norway

In Norway, there has been a law for refillable containers since 1902. Today, the system is operated by Norsk Resirk AS, which was established in 1999. The company was also granted the exclusive right to manage the deposit/refund system for empty non-refillable containers after the system was approved by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

The Norwegian deposit/refund system is almost identical in operation to its Danish equivalent except that it is not mandatory for producers and importers to sign up with Norsk Resirk AS if they want to market products in non-refillable beverage containers in Norway. However, if they do not sign up, they will not be entitled to a reduction in the environmental fee which has to be paid for each and every beverage container sold in Norway. 

Producers or importers who have not signed up with Norsk Resirk AS will pay a fixed fee of NOK 0.97 (EUR 0.08) plus an environmental fee of NOK 4.74 (EUR 0.39) per can and NOK 2.85 (EUR 0.23) per plastic bottle. 

Producers and importers who sign up with Norsk Resirk AS will be entitled to a reduction in the above-mentioned environmental fee as follows: 

  • If the return and recycling rate of the used beverage containers is below 25%, the producer or importer will receive no reduction in the environmental fee.
  • If the return and recycling rate is above 95%, the environmental fee is reduced to zero.
  • If the return and recycling rate is between 25% and 95%, the environmental fee is reduced linearly.

This scheme motivates producers and importers to sign up with Norsk Resirk AS and almost all do. Norsk Resirk AS is financed in the following way: 

  • Signing-up fees
  • Per-container fees
  • Collection/logistics fees

Equivalent to the set-up in Denmark, Norsk Resirk AS pays all shops and supermarkets a fee to cover the costs of handling both empty refillable and non-refillable beverage containers. 

In 2006, the return and recycling rates of used beverage containers reached the following levels in Norway: 

  • Metal cans:  92%
  • PET bottles: 82% 

Useful links:

Norsk Resirk AS

Norsk Glassgjenvinning   

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