Collection of returnable cans delayed for three months, the minister unhappy

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Due to a shortage of raw materials and personnel, it will no longer be possible to collect returnable cans nationwide from January 1, 2023. Three months later than planned, from April 1, 2023, cans can be returned, among other places, to supermarkets. This writes Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen on Monday.

The Packaging Waste Fund Foundation is working on an admissions system for consumer cans on behalf of the supermarket umbrella organization Central Food Trade Bureau (CBL) and the trade association of food producers, the Federation of the Dutch Food Industry (FNLI). The measure aims to reduce the amount of waste.

The collection system would be ready from 2023, but is now delayed due to “increasing uncertainty in delivery times, for example, of machines due to the scarcity of raw materials”, the foundation said in a statement. communicated.

As a result, it was decided to start using the system three months later – from April 1, 2023. The delay is intended to ensure that the deposit system works properly immediately, writes the foundation. “Otherwise, the can deposit scheme is doomed to fail,” said the Packaging Waste Fund Foundation.

Minister Vivianne Heijnen (Environment) says she is “very disappointed” that the sector is not meeting the previously agreed date – which was set by law last year. She wishes to meet with the sector in order to respect the effective date of December 31. If the sector fails to do so, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) can impose a fine, according to the minister.

With the deposit system, the two billion cans that arrive on the market each year can be returned without any problems to supermarkets, petrol pumps and stations, for example. Under the system, consumers will pay 15 cents more on cans.

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