May 7: Germany’s deposit system for one-way packaging is one of the most expensive ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, has failed to curb litter, and cut the purchasing power of consumers. The impact on Germany’s economy has been about 1 billion euros.
Introduced in 2003, the so-called ‘can tax’ also failed to improve the market share of refillable drinks, its primary objective, says a study by Prognos.

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