German industry appeals for delay in deposits

Packaging chain cites lack of legal certainty, calls for changes if charges are unavoidable

German drinks producers and retailers today urged the government to delay the introduction of deposits on many one-way drinks containers, currently scheduled for 1 January 2003. The firms claim that they cannot make the investments the deposit system requires in the absence of legal certainty, pending a decision by Germany's supreme court on its legality (EED 01/10/02).

Should deposits be introduced anyway, said packaging association Agvu, the government should at least change the way they operate so as to reduce negative impacts on business. Members of the committee that drew up the statement included Carlsberg, Coca-Cola and Unilever. All Germany's major food retailers also support it, an Agvu official told ENDS Europe DAILY.

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