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Cities press to expand bottle deposit scheme

The Local · 22 Jul 2011, 07:52

Published: 22 Jul 2011 07:52 GMT+02:00

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The proposal is being put forward by the German Association of Cities (DST), an organization that supports local governance nationwide, reports the Saarbrücker Zeitung.

Introduced in 2003, the deposit on returnable bottles applies to various types of beer, water and soft drinks. When consumers return the bottle to the retailer, they get their deposit back – typically around €0.25.

But the association says city leaders have noticed an increase in litter such as wine bottles in parks, public squares and streets in recent years.

They want the deposit extended to cover those items and other spirits sold in disposable containers.

Although a spokesman for DST acknowledged that citizens have the first responsibility to avoid littering he said the group was trying to think of “legal and practical ways” to reduce rubbish.

DST is also investigating ways a deposit scheme could be extended to other packaging from snack bars or kiosks.

The Green party praised the ideas.

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“The exemption of certain beverages from the deposit has led to consumer confusion for years," a spokeswoman for the Greens told the Saarbrücker Zeitung.

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Your comments about this article

09:53 July 22, 2011 by hOU
If you can recycle it - and you already pay a premium on the price of the container to begin w/ - why shouldn't you be reimbursed something for returning it?

Someone's making money on all this non-pfand.
10:03 July 22, 2011 by Small Town Boy
Er, what makes you think you're paying a premium for non-Pfand containers? This is clearly just an attempt by councils to save money - effectively transferring the job of collecting empty containers from council workers to tramps.
10:04 July 22, 2011 by pepsionice
If Germans understood the hidden costs and the hidden profits of their system....most would shake their heads. Bigger grocery stores all had low-level employees hired to mess around with the bottles....up until the last year or two, and I've noticed that that all have added electronic systems and dumped their low-level employees.
11:05 July 22, 2011 by michael4096
All things packaged with the recycling flash have the recycling cost factored into the purchase - except pfand flasche - though I've never noticed a price difference between Germany and other non-pfand countries.

The way this is organised now is a mess. In theory, retailers must only refund pfand on some articles if you can show the original receipt for buying it there. Not only does it stop tramps collecting rubbish but it stops people buying & shops selling things in such containers - nobody wants the hassle. Anybody noticed how few canned drinks there are around compared to every other country.

Additionally, if wine bottles are the problem, this will not work because the bottle labels are not country specific. It is a recipe for total confusion.

Co-opting all retailers into the re-cycling business is not wise.
11:26 July 22, 2011 by Englishted
Around here if you want to reduce litter try emptying the old clothes and glass containers every week or two.
16:42 July 22, 2011 by dbert4
How about stopping the local Döner Imbiss from importing soft drinks from Turkey without the pfand! Here in the Frankfurt area that is a large part of the can and bottle litter.
19:30 July 22, 2011 by rmsbl4
Raising the pfand on beer bottles from the current 8cts to the 25cts like plastic bottles might clean up the areas as most people will toss a beer bottle vs a plastic. Around the bar/bordello areas all you see are broken beer bottles in streets.
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