Pronk threatens deposits on PET bottles, cans

Government, industry, talks on future of packaging covenant focus on drinks waste

Dutch environment minister Jan Pronk is pushing for the introduction of a deposit system for non-returnable polyethylene teraphthalate (PET) bottles below one litre as well as metal cans, it has emerged. Mr Pronk is concerned by levels of litter caused by the two types of packaging. It also appears that industry is failing to meet a commitment to limit the market share of smaller PET bottles in the soft drinks sector to 2% (ENDS Daily 13 March 2000).

The ministry is currently in talks with industry on future rules for packaging when the country's second packaging covenant - or voluntary agreement - expires at the end of this year. Agreed in 1997, this commits manufacturers and users to reduce overall packaging consumption and increase recycling, including a range of material-specific targets, all by the end of 2001 (ENDS Daily 9 July 1997).

According to a ministry spokesperson, Mr Pronk, has given industry groups until mid-March to present alternative proposals.

Follow Up:
Dutch environment ministry, tel: +31 70 339 3939; Confederation of Dutch industry and employers, tel: +31 70 349 0349.

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