Court rebuffs DSD over green dot charges

German packaging waste management firm ordered to wait for full judgement in row over costs

The European court of justice has rejected an application by Germany's Duales System (DSD) for an interim order overturning an earlier court ruling that that firm cannot charge fees for packaging waste carrying its green dot logo, but which is handled by competitors. DSD had appealed against the judgement, which arose out of complaints made by three other German waste management companies (EED 05/05/98).

Issued on Friday, the order means that April's court ruling remains in force, pending full court proceedings likely to conclude next summer. According to the court, DSD failed to provide sufficient proof that it was incurring costs that it could not bear until the main case was heard. Furthermore, the judge said that the case was so complex that a final decision could not be made now.

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