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Collection boxes for packaging waste are used rather rarely. Despite their environmental awareness, many consumers see the opening of the packaging as a worthwhile experience before using the product. © library_mistress, Flickr.com

Take back obligation

THE REST OF THE STUFF GOES IN THE BOX

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According to a recent ruling by Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, traders must take back outer packaging even if the merchandise it contained had not been produced by themselves. © Holger, Flickr. com

Scandinavian collection points

Since August 2014 IKEA takes back not only any goods purchased at its stores (upon production of the receipt), but also all types of packaging. © Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
The forms of packaging that were used most frequently by German companies in 2012 were paper, cardboard and carton, followed by plastic, glass and wood.  © Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
In 2013 the volume of outer packaging collected by the industry was around 410,000 metric tonnes of plastic and about 3,120,000 metric tonnes of cardboard. © Africa Studio, fotolia.com
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