German packaging waste recovery stable

DSD claims all targets met in 2000, predicts big fall in revenue from one-way container deposits

Europe's leading packaging waste recovery organisation, Duales System Deutschland (DSD), has reported fractionally lower collection rates last year compared with 1999. But the company stressed that all its targets for different materials had been met.

Over 6.4m tonnes of waste were sorted by consumers and collected by DSD in 2000. After removal of impurities, 5.48m tonnes remained compared with 5.55m tonnes in 1999, including 2.67m tonnes of glass (1999:2.71), 1.51m tonnes of paper and cardboard (1999: 1.48) and 570,000 tonnes of plastic (1999: 510,000).

A DSD spokesperson told ENDS Daily that the 0.7% decline in waste collected was largely due to better automatic sorting which resulted in more impurities being rejected.

Meanwhile, DSD is predicting a big drop in revenue due to the planned introduction of deposits on "ecologically unfavourable" drinks containers (see separate article, this issue) because consumers will return such containers to retailers. Revenue from licensing use of the "green dot" on sales packaging will fall by 12.5%, or euros 281m (DM550m), due to removal of one-way packaging from the waste stream handled by DSD, the firm forecasts.

At a recent press conference, DSD chief Wolfram Brück added that the European Commission had clarified the reasoning behinds its decision that DSD had abused its dominant market position (ENDS Daily 20 April). He said the opinion had only limited effect and that "the fundamental economic situation of DSD is not affected by the decision". The company might nevertheless appeal, a spokesperson told ENDS Daily.

Follow Up:
DSD tel: +49 220 39370, and press release . See also information note on licensing dispute with European Commission.

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