Dutch crack down on packaging litter

Government, industry, agree "tough" litter reduction goal, higher recycling targets

Firms in the Dutch packaging chain have committed to achieving a major reduction in litter by drinks cans and bottles under a voluntary agreement with government reached this week. The Netherlands' third packaging covenant continues a process first started in 1991, replacing a previous deal struck in 1997 (EED 09/07/97).

Arguments over bottle and can litter have dominated preparations for the third covenant for over a year. Environment minister Jan Pronk pushed strongly for agreement on a deposit system to reduce litter, meeting equally strong opposition from business (EED 31/10/01).

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