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Straight talk!

Latest Comments on the Industry

It is important for us as a company to take a stance on the issues of our time. This includes expressing our opinions openly, and getting to the crux of any matter. We therefore frequently express our point of view on topical discussions, issues and developments in our industry. Critically, frankly, directly. In other words, simply straight talk!

  • Vienna, 01.04.2014 - Provocation and scare tactics

    It seems to be a classic approach: if you can’t make headway with factual argumentation, then you frighten people with the help of the media and a good dose of provocation. This is what has happened in the Vorarlberger Nachrichten newspaper. “Cheating in the race for waste” appeared as a headline in the paper last week. The article reveals that the experiment with market liberalisation in Germany has proven a total failure.

  • Cologne, 05.03.2014 - The beginning of the end!

    According to some of the rumours flying around, one or two of the dual systems on the market are nearing the end of the line. But it’s even worse than that – the nightmare scenario that has returned to circulate in the industry at present is: “one insolvent, then all insolvent – the end of the world is near”, and this has planted a feeling of insecurity among customers and waste disposal companies. So it’s time to set a few things straight.

  • Cologne, 28.02.2014 - Nothing has been learned from the past

    This seems to be the case for North Rhine-Westphalia, or at least it appears that way now that efforts have been renewed to change the 6th amendment of the German Packaging Ordinance. It seemed like everything was clear. It was only two weeks ago that the Federal Government decided that it would limit the 6th amendment to the implementation of the changes contained in Annex I to the EU Packaging Directive.

  • Cologne, 08.10.2013 - Playing with fire …

    …is a good way to describe the behaviour of manufacturers and those who put packaging into circulation for the first time if they fail to obtain lawful licensing for their packaging and comply with the comprehensive obligations governing evidence and recycling. Transparency and legal compliance are of crucial importance in the fulfilment of these obligations.

  • Cologne, 23.09.2013 - Better late than never …

    ...the BDE has finally seen reason. Only back in August, the association announced that it wanted to appeal against the interim injunction obtained by Reclay from Cologne District Court. Now we are experiencing a climbdown. The association’s President Peter Kurth has commented in a final declaration that the BDE recognises the decision taken by the judges in Cologne “as a provision that is final and binding for both parties in terms of its material and legal significance, and whose effect is regarded as equal to a legally valid judgement on the substance of the case”.

  • Vienna, 20.09.2013- “Leaving the consumer to pick up the bill” …

    … should be the new advertising slogan at Altstoff Recycling Austria. According to a newspaper report, legal proceedings at the European Commission relating to abuse of their monopoly position may result in fines totalling up to 18 million euros. This kind of money would normally make you nervous in the business world. But not at ARA.

  • Vienna, 23.07.2013 - Committed to ethical conduct in business …

    … is how Altstoff Recycling Austria describes itself on its own website. What exactly the former monopolist understands by “ethical conduct” should now be clear, at the very least since last week: A number of allegations – abusing a dominant market position, obstructing competition, causing harm to consumers and violating EU competition law – were made by the European Commission in a warning letter to ARA which was received in Vienna several days ago.

  • Cologne, 18.07.2013 - Welcome…

    …to the paradise of municipal waste! Fantastic conditions have been promised to both the general public and politicians by VKU chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Reck for the time when “his” local authorities are in control of packaging disposal. “We can do everything” is his motto – more cheaply, better and with increased sustainability. Willing belief in these words is shown in current media reporting. But where are the critical questions regarding “whether” or “how” it is all going to be achieved? Nowhere to be seen!


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