Endurvinnslan hf. (Recycling Ltd) was founded in 1989 by law nr. 52/1989 and is operated according to regulation nr. 368/2000. Endurvinnslan is the only company in Iceland that pays deposit for bottles and cans.
Iceland was the first country in the world to set up a deposit system on a national scale for a wide range of containers. Endurvinnslan has 60 return facilities all over Iceland where people can get their deposit paid back. In our return facilities in Knarravogur, Ananaust, Breidhella, Dalvegur, Hraunbær, Reykjanes and Akureyri it´s not necessary to sort or count bottles and cans as long as they are intact. In other return facilities you have to sort and count bottles and cans to get the deposit fee.
Our main facility in Knarrarvogur is open Monday – Friday 9:30am - 6:00pm(18:00) and Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:30pm(16:30). Other facilities have various opening hours. They are showed in the link “Móttökustöðvar” located in our front page.
The deposit is now the same for all bottles and cans ISK 16,-
Beverages in the deposit system
All ready-to-drink beverages, wine and liquor excluding milk, milk products and juice extract.
The recycling rate for drink containers in Iceland has historically been approximately 85%, but in the year 2011 and 2012 it was 87% and 90% in 2014. The rate has been dropping in the last few years due to many tourist that are unfamiliar to our system. The recycling rate per product is, for aluminum appr. 90%, 87% in PET and 83% in glass.