The new deposit refund scheme has not yet come into operation on a large scale, at the national level, but the effects have already begun to be felt in the packaging recycling system, because of the pilot projects that have been developed throughout the country.
Electrão has integrated one of these pilot projects - "MAFRA Reciclar a Valer +" - in collaboration with several partners. The project, which ran over 14 months until June 2022, globally enabled the collection of more than 2.5 million used beverage packaging, equivalent to 71 tons. In total, in 2022, more than 90,000 euros in incentives were distributed.
This model, complementary to the traditional recycling bins, allows leveraging the recycling of cans and plastic bottles, up to three liters, as it involves the consumer through incentives, such as discounts in the supermarket.
At the operational level, this system allows the collection of material with high quality and low contamination index, boosting the circular economy.