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Nine out of ten drink containers recycled

The Swiss continue to be model recyclers, dutifully returning glass, aluminium cans and Pet containers to collection points.

In 2010, 94 per cent of all glass was recycled. The figure was 91 per cent for aluminium cans and 80 per cent for plastic Pet containers, according to the Federal Environment Office.

The total weight of all drinks packaging (glass, aluminium and Pet) sold last year rose slightly from 304,505 to 305,168 tons. Ninety-one per cent of this was recycled, which was down two per cent on the previous year.

Swiss law states that the government can introduce a deposit on Pet packaging if the recycling rate falls below 75 per cent.

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