Romanian Environ Ministry Might Introduce Refund For Plastic Containers Return By End '09

Publish date: 21-09-2009
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Romania's Environment Ministry might introduce by the end of the year a refund for returning plastic containers, which will be applied in large stores for starters, minister Nicolae Nemirschi said Sunday.

Nemirschi said he's thinking of introducing a tax on bottles made of PET in the form of a refund for recycling such bottles.
He said Romania encounters problems in the field of waste management, that is why people "can be motivated by rewards" to recycle plastic bottles.

The minister said the refund system can be applied by the end of the year in large stores, which have storage capacity.
"We want to rid the country of plastic bottles, but complicated economic mechanisms intervene. We can't oblige all boutiques or street shops, which don't have room for storage. (…) We can't say what the exact value of the refund will be," Nemirschi said.

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