For years there has been a struggle, now there seems to be an agreement: A deposit system is now being introduced in all Austrian supermarkets, including for PET bottles and cans, according to the free newspaper “Heute” (Wednesday edition). The discounters and the Chamber of Commerce are also on board, it said. The details are to be presented on Friday. For the time being, no one could be reached when APA asked the Climate Protection Ministry.
According to the “Today” report, the pact provides for the following: The Waste Management Act (AWG) will be amended. By 2025 at the latest, there should be a recycling system in the entire food trade, including at discounters. Up to now it has not been possible to return glass bottles there, while this has been possible in the “classic supermarkets” for a long time. As a result, the glass containers can be refilled, i.e. reused.
According to “Today” there will also be a deposit on non-returnable containers (PET bottles and cans). In the future, retailers should take back empty packaging, even if the drinks were bought elsewhere. There should also be new machines. From 2025 a can or a plastic bottle could cost 20 to 30 cents more. Consumers would get the money back when they were returned.
In the AWG, a binding reusable offer for beverages in supermarkets, a ban on certain single-use plastic products, an import ban on mixed industrial waste and the relocation of waste transports to rail are also to be recorded.
The climate protection ministry did not want to comment on “Today”. For the time being, the APA was also unable to obtain confirmation or a statement.
Even if the official confirmation of the agreement is not yet there, the environmental protection organization Global 2000 is already happy about the big “breakthrough”. “Together with our supporters, we have been campaigning for the deposit system for months. Now nature can finally breathe a sigh of relief and a necessary change can be made in one broadcast. At the same time, the “correct implementation”, specifically a “fair design with a holistic approach” was warned.