Austrian court overrules drinks pack amendment

Regional government forces environment minister to reframe law relaxing recovery targets

The Austrian government has five months to reconsider its 2000 decision to relax targets for refilling, recycling and recovering drinks packaging after the country's constitutional court overruled it. The judges agreed with the plaintiff - Vienna's regional government - that environment minister Wilhelm Molterer was wrong to introduce a blanket 80% recovery target without having 2000 statistics to hand.

According to Austria's overarching waste law, data should have been collated and evaluated to show whether industry had achieved voluntary packaging recovery targets of 96% for water, 94% for beer, 83% for soft drinks and 80% for all other types of drinks packs in 2000.

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