On Friday, July 30, Rimi signed an agreement on the acceptance of the deposit packaging system and the use of reverse vending machines with the deposit operator, Depozīta iepakojuma operators (DIO).
Customers will receive a coupon of 10 cents for each bottle inserted in the reverse vending machines which will be available at any Rimi store. The bottles will be delivered to DIO for further processing. It is expected that more than 100 million package units will be collected and recycled in Rimi stores per year. Rimi currently has 132 stores throughout Latvia.
DIO has also entered into contracts with retail network Elvi and representatives of the Citro and Mego store networks.
“All contracts are concluded on the same terms. Therefore, the DIO is close to the objective of deploying around 800-1000 reverse vending machines in Latvia as a whole, in order to provide citizens with a convenient and accessible infrastructure for the transfer of empty containers,” said DIO in a statement.
On February 1, 2022, Latvia should start operating a deposit system. State Environmental Service (VVD) has entered into an agreement with the deposit packaging operators “Depozīta iepakojuma operators” Ltd. and preparations are ongoing to implement the system.