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Despite the protest of the sector, deposits on cans will come into force on December 31 |  Economie

Despite the protest of the sector, deposits on cans will come into force on December 31 | Economie

The can deposit system will take effect on December 31 of this year. This is what Foreign Minister Vivien Heijnen (environment) says. But the industry says that date is not possible. They won’t be ready for that until April 1st or even July 1st of next year. “But this is not acceptable to us, the legal obligation simply takes effect on December 31,” says Heijnen.

The Packaging Waste Trust Corporation went to court to get an order subject to the payment of a periodic fine off the table. This was enforced by the Inspectorate on Human Environment and Transport (ILT). According to the inspection body, very few steps have been taken for the system to be ready on time.

Producers are responsible for creating the assimilation system. They continue to say that the actual date of December 31st is not possible. According to the sector, this is partly due to “uncertainty in critical equipment delivery times”.

According to Heijnen, everyone is free to appeal to the court. But that doesn’t change the start date, you say. She believes that the producers have enough time to prepare for the new law.

Almost two years ago, it was announced that cans would also be subject to filing. Upon activating the system, the customer pays a deposit of 0.15 € per pack. The government hopes that this measure will significantly reduce the share of cans in the garbage.

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