EU Greens back German recycling

Party advisor says European Commission should drop legal action against Germany, defy plastics lobby

An advisor to the Green Party of the European Parliament has appealed to the European Commission to drop its legal action against Germany over its controversial material recycling legislation (ENDS Daily 23 June). In a letter published on Friday in the Brussels-based newspaper European Voice, Alexander de Roo calls for a revision of the 1994 EU packaging directive, which he says "represents a direct attack" on the German legislation. Mr de Roo attacks the plastic packaging industry which "does not like the German system because it wants to sell its throwaway plastic bottles. That this plastic ends up in very expensive incinerators producing highly poisonous dioxins is not its concern." He also reveals that Green MEPs earlier rejected an appeal for support from the managers of Germany's recycling system because their overriding priority was to campaign for prevention and re-use systems. However, he says, "Greens are not against plastics," pointing to their support for a returnable plastic milk bottle in the Netherlands.

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