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The EU is revising a directive to cut down on packaging waste. The proposed change would require all packaging to be reusable or recyclable; at face value it seems a reasonable idea. However, it also states that all such packaging must include an “indelible code” to trace the recycling of materials. Problem is most breweries in the EU have refillable glass bottles with paper labels. There is no indelible code because it was not included when the glass was manufactured and the paper label is washed off so the bottle can be refilled. Belgian Brewers estimate this means they may need to destroy a billion bottles and German Brewers may need to melt down billions more. Perhaps they need to rethink this one.

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