19 August 2008 18:16 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe is pressing for an additional euro 20-cent charge on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, cans and other one-way packaging for non-alcoholic drinks to reverse sharp declines in reusable bottles and packaging, it said on Tuesday.
The group called for quick government action to implement the charge, which would come on top of the country’s mandatory deposits on one-way bottles and cans.
It cited recent studies that showed sharp declines in reusable bottles for water, soft drinks and fruit juices and also pointed to the beer sector where tough regulation and deposits had boosted bottle re-use to 83%.
In related news, newswire dpa reported that the share of reusables in non-alcoholic beverages fell to 27.2% in the first half of 2008, down from 52% in 2002.
It cited studies by market research firm GfK-Marktforschungs-Gesellschaft.
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