Final court decision regarding German deposit system
The Higher Administration Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht) in Berlin opens up for deposit system by approving the German Government’s methods of calculating the beverage container return ratio.
The Higher Administration Court’s decision is final. The effect of the decision is that the German Government is allowed to publish the beverage container return ratio for 1999, which were below 72%. The one-way beverage container ordinance from 1991 will be effective six months after the numbers are officially published. It is expected that these numbers will be published during the spring of 2002, and implies that the ordinance will be effective from the fall of 2002.
The ordinance currently only cover cans and one-way bottles for beer and mineral water. According the German Environmental Ministry (BMU), the survey for 2000 and 2001 probably shows that the return ration is below the required limit. This would imply that all one-way packaging for carbonized refreshment drinks would be included in the ordinance.
The deposit for beverage containers less than 1.5 liters will be 0.25 EURO, larger containers will have a deposit of 0.5 EURO.
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