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Danish pack deposits "still waste money"

Denmark's environmental assessment institute (IMV) has rebutted criticisms of its claim last year that the country's mandatory deposit system for one-way drinks packaging is excessively costly (EED 31/10/02). Plugging in "worst case" scenarios for the effects of metal cans in waste incinerators, the institute said it had revised downwards its estimate of the system's total cost from DKr63m (€8.5m) annually to DKr50-60m. Nevertheless, said IMV director Bjørn Lomborg, "it would be better for the environment" to spend this money on something else, like fitting particle filters to buses. See report.

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