Bundesrat approves German drinks pack revision
Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has approved legislation removing the link between the market share of refillable drinks containers and a deposit scheme applied to one-way drinks packaging. Under new rules to take effect in early 2005, "ecologically unfavourable" containers will face a deposit of €0.25, while others remain deposit-free. However, separate rules to end so-called "island solutions" for deposits clearing will not take effect until 2006 following a last-minute amendment. It is not yet clear whether the changes will assuage European Commission concerns over the free movement of goods (EED 14/12/04). See German Bundesrat and environment ministry reaction.
The full text of this article is only available to subscribers and free trialists. To login,please enter your email address and subscriber access code below.