"This year has been full of challenges both for us and outside the borders of the country, so I am very pleased that, already during the first year of operation of the deposit system, we can make it possible for the users of the deposit system to engage in this initiative and help those who need it most.
"The deposit system has become part of our daily lives and is gaining new added value from today –, more than 1,000 donation points will now be available throughout Latvia," said Miks Stūrītis, head of the deposit system operator.
"It is essential that the deposit system is being developed, so it is pleasing that from now on it offers the opportunity for citizens to donate to one of the three charitable purposes, Ukrainian refugee children, poor seniors, and animal shelters," said Artūrs Toms Plešs, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development.
"We appreciate the initiative because it is achieving two important objectives for all of us – protection of the environment and social security," said Rūta Dimanta, head of Ziedot.lv.
To make a donation, once all the empty deposit packages have been handed over, the user must press the orange “donate” (ziedot) button on the screen and choose one of the three charity directions, and confirm. Only one charity can be chosen in one session, and only the whole sum can be donated.