Bundesrat approves German drinks pack revision

Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has approved legislation removing the link between the market share of refillable drinks containers and a deposit scheme applied to one-way drinks packaging. Under new rules to take effect in early 2005, "ecologically unfavourable" containers will face a deposit of €0.25, while others remain deposit-free. However, separate rules to end so-called "island solutions" for deposits clearing will not take effect until 2006 following a last-minute amendment. It is not yet clear whether the changes will assuage European Commission concerns over the free movement of goods (EED 14/12/04). See German Bundesrat and environment ministry reaction.

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