The contents of a beverage product determines whether a deposit is payable.

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark decides which beverage products are included in the Danish deposit and return system based on an environmental assessment.

According to the Statutory Order, deposits must be charged on all bottles and cans sold in Denmark containing the beverage products listed below. This covers both the deposits on disposable packaging that can be recycled and the deposits on refillable packaging that is washed and filled again.

As an environmental measure, some store chains and producers have started to charge a deposit on bottles such as wine and schnapps not covered by the deposit and return system. Contact these stores for further information.

The Statutory Order covers the following beverage products:

  • Beer
  • Carbonated beverages (such as soft drinks with an alcohol content of 0–0.5%)
  • Fermented drink products other than wine and alcoholic beverages made from fruit (such as cider with an alcohol content of less than 10%)
  • Mixer products in which spirits, wine or other fermented products are mixed with other beverages such as soft drinks, cider or juice (such as alcoholic soft drinks with alcohol content exceeding 0.5% but not exceeding 10%)
  • Mineral water, water, lemonade, iced tea and similar products that are non-carbonated and ready to drink.

You can read a more detailed description in the Statutory Order.

The following beverage products are not covered by the deposit and return system:

  • Milk products and milk-based products
  • Concentrated fruit drink that can be mixed with water before it is consumed
  • Pure fruit juice, vegetable juice and apple juice.

Packaging outside the scope of the deposit and return system:

  • Packaging made of cardboard
  • Packaging containing more than 20 litres
  • Plastic containers larger than 10 litres containing non-carbonated water
  • Certain types of barrels or casks.