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Environment Minister Demir wants a deposit for cans and plastic bottles: 'This seems inevitable to me'

Environment Minister Demir wants a deposit for cans and plastic bottles: ‘This seems inevitable to me’

Demir also wrote on Twitter: “Deposits seem inevitable to me.” “At least 20 per cent of the garbage was the goal, and this is by no means in the future. And so I think we need to take the next step within the Flemish government.”

With that, Demir clearly shows color in an ancient battle. And now that Minister Demir himself is clearly in favor of him, it seems that things are moving forward. The agreement with the packaging sector was that the amount of garbage will decrease by a fifth by 2023 compared to 2015. But according to Demir, it is already clear that the goal will not be achieved.

Demir’s government already says that early work is being done on the file. Instead of next year, the Flemish government will look into it this year, says its Prime Minister Andy Peters. “The alliance agreement actually states that the decision on the form of the filing will not be made until the end of 2023, but we will do that a year in advance,” Peters says. The Environment Committee will receive new figures in October. It has always been said that if the packaging sector is not up to the numbers, we will be looking at the big stick.”

The figures Peters refers to take into account, among other things, the annual hygiene index of the Flemish Public Waste Company (OVAM), which conducts a sampling of garbage several times a year in forty municipalities.

The coalition agreement actually refers to a “reward system” for those who return cans or bottles. A CD&V by former Environment Minister Joke Schauvliege actually endorses the deposit. Open Vld, another government partner, has rejected all deposit proposals in the past, just like N-VA.

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