Lessons from Lithuania to the most economically powerful region in China
Lithuania is able not only to learn but also to help others to grow. This was again proved to be true after the visit of a delegation from Guangdong – one of the most economically powerful provinces in China – that took place in Lithuania on 17th July. After getting to know country’s deposit system, the guests discussed the possibilities of collaboration between Lithuania and China and said they now know how to manage packaging in Guangdong.
Lithuania's Results have Changed the Opinion
"Up until know we have been considering various packaging handling possibilities. However, after getting familiarized with the results in Lithuania and gaining knowledge about the system through observation, we have saw that deposit system is an extremely effective method for packaging handling", – Hu Ruisheng, the Vice-Governor of Guangdong Province having 104 million residents, following the visit in Calculation Centre of Public Institution "Užstato sistemos administratorius", said.
Chinese delegation, including representatives of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Service and Environmental Protection Department, talked about intentions to implement such system in Guangdong, a province which for the last 29 years has been generating the highest GDP in Mainland China. In fact, calculations made several years ago showed that if Guangdong would be an independent state it would be the 16th largest economy in the world.
Lithuania's Success Inspires Other Countries
Recently, the popularity of deposit system, especially in Europe, has been growing. It has been also attracting more delegations visiting Lithuania in order to gain experience in effective packaging handling. Several months ago, a delegation from Australia visited the country, also, representatives from France, Scotland and other countries expressed interest in "Užstato sistemos administratorius" activity.
"Firstly, each country intending to introduce effective packaging handling system wants to see where else it is operated successfully. We did the same thing. In principle, two things are at the centre: who has the freshest experience and who is the most successful. We can offer both.
It is true that our packaging collection results are not yet the best, but, in a couple of years, we have achieved indicators that nobody else has been able to achieve within this time frame. Therefore, Lithuania's results are considered a success story", – the Head of "Užstato sistemos administratorius" Gintaras Varnas said.
Non-profit Public Institution "Užstato sistemos administratorius", which started its activity in 2016, has already collected 1.3 billion disposable glass, plastic and metal packaging. Only last year, "Užstato sistemos administratorius" collected 92% of packaging put on the market. This year, it is expected to increase this indicator up to 93%.