Danish "can ban" bites the dust

Government legalises disposable drinks packaging, marketing to await deposit system

Disposable drinks packaging became legal in Denmark today, just over a week after the government announced its intention to rescind the country's long-standing and controversial "can ban" (EED 14/01/02).

However, "brewers and retailers will delay selling beer and soft drinks in cans until a joint deposit-and-return system is ready this summer," the environmental protection agency (EPA) said in a statement. This would ensure that the use of cans was introduced in an "environmentally secure" manner and that the process of collecting and refunding deposits went smoothly.

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