Find out where you can return your empty bottles and cans.
Where can I take my empty bottles and cans?
Nearly 3000 stores throughout Denmark have reverse vending machines, where you can return all deposit-marked bottles and cans. You can also return bottles without a deposit mark that are part of the deposit and return system to locations that sell the same shape bottle.
Stores without reverse vending machines must take back deposit-marked bottles and cans of the same material that they sell, regardless of the product brand. So if they sell cans, they must take back all cans. If they sell plastic bottles, they must take all plastic bottles. The same applies to glass bottles.
Twelve towns or cities have a ‘pantstation’ (deposit return bank) to which you can deliver a sack containing up to 90 bottles and cans. The pantstations are located in: Aalborg, Randers, Lystrup, Horsens, Herning, Esbjerg, Odense, Kalundborg, Slagelse, Helsingør, Høje Taastrup and Køge.
In restaurants, cafés, canteens, hotels and the like, customers typically drink the contents of the bottles or cans they have purchased on the premises. These businesses are not required to take back other bottles and cans.
What is a reverse vending machine?
Reverse vending machines accept bottles and cans and scan the deposit mark, barcode and shape. The machine then calculates how much money to refund to you. The reverse vending machine feeds the bottles and cans into containers that are collected by Dansk Retursystem. The bottles and cans are then recycled, melted and turned into new bottles and cans.
What is a ‘pantstation’?
A ‘pantstation’ (deposit return bank) is a building designed for the sole purpose of taking back empty bottles and cans so they can be recycled, melted and turned into new bottles and cans. The smart thing about them is that you can deliver up to 90 bottles and cans at a time in a special deposit sack from Dansk Retursystem, and the deposits are transferred into your bank account. It takes less than a minute, and you avoid sticky fingers.