GreenPak wel­comes con­sul­ta­tion by govern­ment about DRS

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

GreenPak Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety wel­comes govern­ment’s in­ten­tion to open con­sul­ta­tion about a de­posit re­turn scheme for drinks’ con­tain­ers as men­tioned dur­ing the 2018 Bud­get Speech.

Un­der DRS, con­sumers would be ex­pected to pay a de­posit that would be re­funded once the empty bot­tle was re­turned to the point of sale.

GreenPak re­con­firms that it is in favour of in­creased pack­ag­ing re­cy­cling and the re­duc­tion of both waste and lit­ter.

To en­sure that such waste and lit­ter are fur­ther re­duced with­out im­pos­ing ex­tra costs on busi­nesses and con­sumers, the choice and in­tro­duc­tion by govern­ment of any DRS sys­tem needs se­ri­ous and in-depth con­sul­ta­tion with the com­pa­nies in­volved.

While a DRS can be ini­tially ap­peal­ing, the re­al­ity is that if not han­dled well, de­posit re­turn sys­tems will hit cus­tomers with an up­front charge and will make de­vel­op­ing an ef­fi­cient cir­cu­lar econ­omy more dif­fi­cult for Malta.

GreenPak re­as­sures that as a re­spon­si­ble scheme, the co­op­er­a­tive re­mains open and will­ing to dis­cuss with govern­ment of­fi­cials the most ap­pro­pri­ate waste re­cy­cling and re­cov­ery scheme where pack­ag­ing is con­cerned.

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