On Tuesday September 18th, the fourth edition of the European ReUse Conference was held in Brussels. Organised by the European Federation of Associations of Beer and Beverages Wholesalers (CEGROBB), the Associations of Small and Independent Breweries in Europe (S.I.B.) and the German Environmental Aid (DUH), the conference’s main goal was to demand for a higher level of commitment for refillable beverage packaging. With Karl Falkenberg and Matthias Groote, EU institutions were well represented.

After a short introduction by Günther Guder, President of CEGROBB, th...

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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...

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01/08/2012 - Over 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter are estimated to pollute our oceans each year, with most waste originating from land – and trends suggesting increasing volumes. On 19 June 2012, governments, industry representatives and UN bodies launched a new partnership to tackle the damage caused by marine litter to the environment, livelihoods and human health.

The Global Partnership on Marine Litter, led by the United Nations Environment Programmme (UNEP), will act as a coordinating forum, bringing ...

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