Hard times feared by German recyclers

Small and medium-sized German recycling firms warned this week of economic hard times ahead and demanded government action to boost their prospects. Trade association BVSE, which represents 600 firms with 50,000 employees, said it expected Germany's economic slowdown to produce a fall in recycling jobs in 2002 for the first time in many years. A lack of stimulus from Germany's 1994 waste act was also blamed, and BVSE president Jürgen Cierzon called on the government not to keep pushing a comprehensive modernisation of the law into the future. See press release.

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