Latvians have donated EUR 15,000 with deposited packaging so far

Since the beginning of December, nearly €15,000 has been donated to charity by handing over empty containers to the deposit system, Latvian Television reported on December 28.

Since the beginning of December, reverse vending machines have the option of donating the refund amount to one of the charitable purposes offered – Ukrainian refugee children, disadvantaged seniors, or animal shelters.

Nearly €15,000 has been donated in three weeks. Moreover, statistics show that as Christmas approaches, people are increasingly choosing not to receive a deposit voucher, but to redirect that amount to charity.

Miks Stūrītis, Chairman of the Board of the deposit packaging operator, said: “Four days have remained this year, and we are encouraging people, first of all, to empty the house from the empty deposit packages to start the new year with a clean house, and to do a good job at once. We see how much has been donated to each machine, and now the Vidzeme inhabitants have outperformed everyone, even Rīga [..]."

The possibility of donating deposit fees will become a permanent function available throughout the year. The company also intends to supplement the range of potential donation targets, adding the opportunity to also donate to environmental projects.

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