Denmark slashes drinks pack deposits

Danish environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt has proposed cuts averaging over one-third in deposits on all beer and soft drinks packaging from 12 February. The move follows concerns voiced by brewers and retailers of a possible slump in refillables' usage following an 80% reduction in packaging taxes that took effect on Sunday. Taxes were cut after industry claimed they discriminated in favour of refillables (for which a single tax payment covers many trips). Denmark has maintained a 95% share of refillable drinks packaging despite legalising disposables in 2002 (EED 14/01/02). See press release.

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