Plot thickens on German drinks pack deposits

Drinks retailers urge other industry groups to stop fighting the government's plan

An association representing 8,000 German drinks retailers has distanced itself from other industry groups opposed to deposits on one-way drinks containers by voicing strong support for the government's planned system. Environment minister Jürgen Trittin welcomed VDGE's statement, which he said showed there was no united industry front against deposits.

According to VDGE, the deposits will not be as costly as some industry groups have claimed, and are in any case supported by two-thirds of the population. "We at least respect our customers' wishes and we think others in the industry should follow suit," said association chairman Wolfgang Brügel.

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