Trittin draws electoral veil over can deposits

Introduction of one-way drinks container charges delayed by three months to miss national poll

The German government is pushing back the planned introduction of deposits on one-way drinks containers from this September to 1 January 2003, the environment ministry said today. The move is clearly designed to minimise the chances of political fallout from the measure at September's national elections.

Drinks pack deposits have been firmly on the cards since last month when retailers and other industry groups lost a legal appeal against the government's intention to move in this direction. However, initial indications were that the measure would be in force by this autumn (EED 26/02/02).

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