According to Hans Jürgen Cierzon, president of the national association of recyclers, BVSE, any deposit system must be compatible with the nation's countrywide glass recycling system. Presenting the BVSE's annual report on Monday, Mr Cierzon stressed that Germany's "exemplary and proven" glass collection and recycling system achieved a 90% collection rate, with over 80% of collected glass recycled.
German vintners are lobbying to have wine bottles excluded from the deposits, which are due to be imposed on all one-way glass packaging. They argue that most wine bottles are already collected and recycled and that the way consumers buy wine means that deposits would not increase return rates.
Furthermore, the industry says, deposits would favour imported over home-produced wine and discriminate against Germany's numerous small wine cooperatives, which market directly to the public. An official at the association of German winegrowers, DWV, told ENDS Daily that the wine trade was simply not in a position to handle two systems. It would therefore continue to recycle bottles, which involved less handling and lower storage costs. Deposits would simply increase prices for consumers, he said.
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