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New German Can Deposit Law Goes Into Effect

Soft drinks and many other canned and bottled goods got more expensive in Germany on Wednesday as a new environmental protection law came into effect. The law requires that stores charge a 25 to 50 cent deposit on a range of goods sold in disposable packaging. The legislation has been roundly criticized by retailers, who say it will put the damper on profits, but consumers in the recycling-friendly country have offered broad support in polls.