During 2018, the Government imposed the introduction and implementation of a new Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS), a system which would oblige all producers, importers and retailers of certain beverages to take responsibility of the beverage containers they are putting on the market.
For this reason, the private sector has joined forces in the last year to come up with an operational system at the least possible cost. The system will be rolled out towards the end of this year.
Through its involvement in these discussions, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry is at the stage of forming a Beverage Importers, Distributors and whole-salers association to assist companies by providing them with solutions during the implementation of the new BCRS system. All Beverage Importers, distributors and wholesalers will be obliged at law to form part of this system and contribute directly.
During the initial part of the project, the BCRS will affect:
- Water and flavoured water;
- Non-Carbonated soft drinks;
- Carbonated soft drinks;
- Beers and other malt beverages;
- Ready to drink coffee;
- Flavoured alcoholic beverages; and
At a later stage, other beverages will be included in the system.
Consumers will be able to return their empty containers to reverse vending machines and redeem a deposit which would have been paid at point of sale.
As part of its outreach programme, the Malta Chamber is calling on all importers, distributors and wholesalers who operate in the beverage market in Malta to make contact with its Policy Unit on 22032312 or email address email@example.com for more information.