German refillable drinks pack sales fall again

Government confirms second breach of market share quota but delays triggering deposits

The German environment ministry has released long-awaited 1999 figures on refillable drinks packaging sales, showing a further fall below a legal quota of 72%. However, the figures have been published in such a way as to avoid triggering mandatory deposits on some types of one-way containers.

According to the ministry, the 1999 market share for all refillable drinks containers in Germany was 68.7%, down from 70.1% in 1998 and 71.3% in 1997. Though the decline is not precipitous, it marks a continued breach of Germany's refillables market share quota of 72% and was described by environment minister Jürgen Trittin as a worrying development.

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