Green light for German packaging rule change

Upper parliamentary house finally approves shift in legal basis for drinks container deposits

Germany's Bundesrat, or upper house of parliament, has finally approved a plan to de-link deposits on one-way drinks containers from the market share of refillables. The Bavarian proposal closely resembles one put forward by federal environment minister J├╝rgen Trittin, who warmly welcomed its parliamentary approval (EED 13/01/03).

The German government has good reason to cheer the change since it faces legal condemnation in the European court of justice over the current legal basis for drinks pack deposits (EED 06/05/04).

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