German milk firms fend off pack deposits

Court action aimed at forcing government to exclude single-use milk packaging from deposits law

Associations of German milk producers and retailers have launched a court action against the government aimed at forcing it to exclude any possible extension of planned deposits on most one-way drinks containers to laminate milk cartons.

Deposits aimed at protecting refillables are due to be imposed on containers for soft drinks, beer and mineral waters from 1 January 2003 (EED 11/03/02). The wording of Germany's 1991 packaging ordinance makes it conceivable that milk cartons could also be affected a year later.

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