Austria worries over declining refillables

The Austrian environment ministry has warned that its 2000 accord with the drinks industry on boosting recycling of one-way drinks packs and maintaining an appropriate level of refillables may not be working. New figures have shown a 10% decline in refillables' market share since 2000. "It's even possible that the goal of ensuring consumer choice between refillables and one-way drinks packaging is endangered," the ministry said. The government has previously cited the accord as a reason not to introduce Germany-style deposits on one-way drinks containers (EED 21/08/03). See press release.

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