German deposits opponents suffer new setback

Berlin court refuses bid by two retail chains to delay one-way drinks packs charges

A bid by two German retail chains representing over 1700 shops to stop the introduction of deposits on certain one-way drinks containers failed today in a Berlin administrative court. The applicants had applied for an injunction preventing introduction of the charges.

The judges decided that the deposits would be compatible with Germany's recycling and waste laws. This contrasts with the view taken by a court in Dusseldorf last month (EED 11/09/02). The environment ministry called the Berlin court's ruling "another important decision on the way to drinks container deposits".

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