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court rejects appeal against drink deposit
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
- Germany's federal administrative court rejected an appeal to block deposit
charges on non-refillable cans and bottles which were introduced this
court, as well as Germany's constitutional court, had previously turned
down bids to postpone the launch of the deposits and on Thursday the judges
in the eastern city of Leipzig said that 33 retailers and drinks firms
who brought the complaint had failed to make their case.
The German government introduced on January 1 a deposit of 25 cents for small containers of beer or soft drinks and 50 cents for cans and bottles larger than 1.5 litres. Deposits are repaid when the bottles and cans are returned.
and beverage manufacturers have long opposed the measure but the government
says it is necessary because the percentage of cans and bottles being
recycled - typically after being returned to the retailer - has fallen
below a 72 percent minimum target set in 1997.
33 retail groups and drinks producers originally complained to a court
in the western state of North Rhine-Wespthalia which blocked the plans
in a ruling in September, saying they did not conform with an existing
law on recycling and refuse. However, a higher state court overturned
of the deposits system have said industry faces start-up costs of 1.4
billion euros ($1.48 billion) and running costs of 0.9 billion euros per
year and lost sales.
bodies say the measures support their campaign to clear three billion
cans and bottles from Germany's streets.
nationwide system to collect cans and bottles is due to be in place by
October. Currently, retailers are only accepting those containers which
they themselves sold.
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