Deposit marks and amounts

Did you know that Danes handed in 1,4 billion deposit eligible bottles and cans in 2019?

Get an overview of the Danish deposit marks. 

You can recognize the Danish deposit mark because it always has a series of dots under two arrows in a circle. The deposit mark is a registered trademark ® owned by Dansk Retursystem. You need permission to use it. 

The deposit mark may be printed directly on the bottle or can. It may also be a small sticker attached to the bottle or can. The Danish deposit marks are displayed below: 

See the refund amounts for various types of bottles and cans.

The backbone of the Danish deposit and return system is the ABC deposit system, because different amounts are refunded for ‘Pant A’, ‘Pant B’ and ‘Pant C’. 

The amount refunded depends on the type of material used in the bottles and cans, the volume of each bottle or can and whether the bottle or can will be recycled or reused. 

Deposit on one-way packaging

Bottles and cans with a deposit mark are one-way (disposable) packaging that can be recycled, melted and turned into new bottles and cans. 

  • Pant A = DKK 1.00 (glass bottles and aluminium cans less than 1 litre) 
  • Pant B = DKK 1.50 (plastic bottles less than 1 litre) 
  • Pant C = DKK 3.00 (all bottles and cans of 1–20 litres) 
Deposit on bottles without deposit mark

Bottles without a deposit mark are refillable packaging that can be cleaned and refilled: for example, the green beer bottle. The deposit you pay on refillable packaging at the point of sale is refundable as follows: 

  • Glass bottles under 0.5 litres = DKK 1.00 
  • Glass bottles over 0.5 litres = DKK 3.00 
  • Plastic bottles under 1 litre = DKK 1.50 
  • Plastic bottles over 1 litre = DKK 3.00 
Deposit on beer- and soda crates

The statutory order does not regulate crates for beer, soft drinks and other beverages. Stores can therefore set the deposit amount. The stores inform about the deposit amounts for each type of crate.