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Households beat waste-recycling quota

Consumers recycled enough glass, plastic bottles and aluminium cans last year to surpass a target set by the authorities.

This content was published on July 23, 2009 - 15:29

More than 270,000 tons of waste were collected according to a statement on Thursday by the Federal Environment Office.

"The good result is all the more noteworthy since there was markedly higher consumption of beverages from PET bottles during the European football championships in Switzerland in June 2008," the office said.

Under the rules stipulated by law, the recycling quota for drink containers has to reach a minimum of 75 per cent. Otherwise a deposit is put on the bottles.

The quota for glass and aluminium was 91 per cent and 95 per cent respectively in 2008, according to the office.

Plastic bottles reached 78 per cent – putting Switzerland among the leading countries in an international comparison, according to the leading Swiss PET recycling organisation.

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