National quota for reusable packaging for deposit scheme (Pre-waste Factsheet 100)

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The German Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung - VerpackV)  January 1, 2009,  has the purpose  to avoid and to reduce the environmental impacts of waste arising from packaging. It sets the minimum packaging quota for reusable drink packaging and one-way packaging containers deemed ‘ecological advantageous’ must be namely 80%.  This quota target mainly glass and plastics, in particular mineral water and beer.

The market share for reusable drink containers in Germany is 45% for water and carbonated drinks and 89% for beer, with an overall market share of 50%. The loss rate, due to the breakage or scrapping of reusable containers is between 3-5%.

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