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Application to join the producer register by an operator of a return system for beverage containers

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

An operator of a return system for beverage containers can apply for approval in the producer register in order to obtain the tax benefit for its beverage containers.

Based on the application, the ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa decides on approving the return system in the producer register.

The ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa is the authority that supervises return systems throughout the country, with the exception of Åland.

Do the following

Fill in the information requested on the application form and send it with its attachments to the registry of the ELY Centre by post (Pirkanmaa ELY Centre, registry, P.O. Box 297, 33101 Tampere) or by email (kirjaamo.pirkanmaa@ely-keskus.fi).

To whom and on what terms

A deposit-based return system for beverage containers can be established by a producer of beverage containers (section 48, subsection 1 of the Waste Act) or a taxable person as laid down in the Excise Duty Act on certain beverage containers, alone or together with other producers of beverage containers or taxable persons.

The application must specify the applicant and describe their operations. For an application to be processed, and for the purpose of an appropriateness test concerning operations, the application must contain the necessary information on the reception of products withdrawn from use and how the public is informed of it, as well as information on the re-use, recovery and other waste management. In the application, the operator of the return system for beverage containers must provide the necessary information on contracts, rules and other documents to assess whether the activities comply with the requirements laid down in the Waste Act and under it.

A fee is charged for the service.

The fee charged for the application process is based on the government decree on the ELY Centre’s services subject to a fee that is valid at the time of submitting the application. The amount of the fee is adjusted annually. The fee is the same for both positive and negative decisions.


Period of validity

Depending on the nature of the case, the decision to approve the operator of the return system for beverage containers in the producer register will be issued for an indefinite period or for a fixed period.

Basic information

The service is provided byELY Centre for Pirkanmaa
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Central Finland
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 27/4/2022