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January 19, 2021

The Nova SBE x TOMRA Container Deposit Scheme

Nova School of Business &Economics (Nova SBE) received the Minister of Environment and Energy Transition for the launch of the 1st Compulsory Deposit Pilot Project for beverage packaging in Portugal. This is in partnership with TOMRA, a well-known Norwegian multinational specialized in recycling solutions and is located both in the Cascais Town Hall and on the Carcavelos campus.

Following the European Plastics Strategy, Nova SBE and the Cascais City Council joined TOMRA to carry out the first pilot project for a beverage packaging deposit system in Portugal. The equipment installed on campus will allow the consumer to deposit the packaging waste and receive a value for the deposit left there, thus reducing its environmental impact and promoting recycling.

The Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, was present at Nova SBE to mark this launch, along with João Ataíde, Secretary of State for the Environment, Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais and Daniel Traça, Dean of New SBE. This system, which is already in place in several European countries (Germany, Finland, Denmark, Slovakia, Norway, Holland and Sweden), finally arrives at Nova SBE and the Cascais Town Hall. Until the end of August, for each beverage package deposited in the equipment, € 0.15 will be donated to the Community Center of the Parish of Carcavelos. From the beginning of September, all beverage packages purchased will pay a deposit, which will be returned to the consumer when he places the packaging on TOMRA machines.

With this pilot, Nova SBE intends to contribute to the acquisition of knowledge and testing of alternative solutions that will help implement the mandatory deposit system (which will start in Portugal on January 1, 2022).

Through this initiative, Nova SBE makes the commitment it made when it signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economic Global Commitment and continues to have a sustainable community on and off-campus.

Luís Veiga Martins

Nova SBE’s Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Sustainable Impact and Chief Sustainability Officer. Our SDG Advocate.

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