Sweden strengthens planned ecocycle bill

The Swedish government has proposed legislation enabling it to "set standards for the composition, re-usability and recyclability of products", the environment ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Such standards should be consistent with EU regulations, the statement continued, and the new statute - which is to form part of a forthcoming bill on ecocycles - was intended to ensure this, in part by strengthening industrial and commercial responsibility for waste collection and treatment. Specific measures are to include a deposit and return system for bottles and penalties for unauthorised scrapping of cars. See press release.

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