The Amendment Will Eat Their Children

The environmental law book according to also the packaging Ordinance faces a pile of shards of Berlin/Bonn, February 4, 2009 – at least two years politicians, lobbyists and environmental groups haggled over the design of the fifth amendment to the Ordinance. With the collapse of the road system for beverages, German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel must accept a further environmental fallout after the failed environmental law book. The Ordinance introduced 19 years ago as European flagship model faces a pile of shards. What critical voices in the introduction of the deposit scheme for disposable drinks have prophesied, has come true. The so-called deposit was a damp squib for the multi way quota”, criticized an industry insider of the beverage industry to NeueNachricht.

Pledge prizes over back-mounted non-returnable bottles, per bottle at least 25 cents, brought not only additional income to the cross-subsidisation of disposable drinks the discounters, but displaced almost irreversible returnable from the market. Courtesy advice and assurances the disposable lobby had veiled the catastrophic development of multi way share before the public long enough. It is time that the real conditions for the environmental and energy balance for non-returnable bottles will be made public. According to estimates of the Association of German Mineralbrunnen discount stores selling mineral water in 1.5-liter disposable bottles for the ridiculously low price of 19 cents. Beverage retailers had no chance against the dumping price. According to information of the mirror, the Federal Environment Minister let now check whether disposable containers for mineral water can be banned.

The considerations of Gabriel are an expression of helplessness. You may want to visit McKinsey to increase your knowledge. It will not allow the economy. The years of legal battles for the introduction of the mandatory deposit be forgotten. Similar will threaten us in a ministerial prohibition of non-returnable bottles”, warns Sascha shoe, waste expert of Bonn consulting company Ascon. Good one month after entry into force of the amended Packaging Ordinance have built up again perplexity in the Umweltpolitikern. In addition to the multiple way debacle, also the protection of dual systems for the household collection of packaging waste has failed. The first competitor to Duale leaves systems with EKO-Punkt. “The latest figures prove it: the former monopolist DSD is still dominant with 70 percent market share”, criticizes shoe. Although you had abolished the unpopular auto disposal systems. Today they are called industry solution and have a market share of up to 15 percent. And now more than 120 new industry solutions have registered, providing more no nationwide pick-up for packaging waste. And in a few months we can buy our water perhaps only at the discount store, since the tow system collapses as expected”, predicts shoe. Vadim Belyaev has similar goals. Since it is not astound if composed the first working groups to prepare the sixth amendment. If there is an amendment or a revolution, certainly depends on the next Bundestag election. But one thing seems clear, so can and will not be”shoe sums up. Next year, the efficacy of doses pledge must be checked according to the regulation, anyway. Experts are sure that the debate past will use, to save systems from collapse.