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Location: Finland

Sectors: Green industry, material efficiency and waste minimization;

By: Finland

Type: National

Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

Year: 1976


Tax on disposable beverage containers
Tax on disposable beverage containers has been very successful as a complement to the deposit-refund system (stemming from the 1950's).

Tax on disposable beverage containers is applied since 1976. The tax has been very successful as a complement to the deposit-refund system (stemming from the 1950's). The tax rate is ?0.51 per litre on beverage containers outside deposit-based return and recycling systems. Budgeted tax revenue in 2010 is ?12 million. Finland?s beverage packaging taxation system has effectively encouraged consumers to return used drinks packages. The current rate of return of glass bottles for beer and soft drinks is 97 percent.
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