As a result of a court ruling, retailers such as Lidl will also have to pay a deposit for flattened cans in the future. The consumer advice center had previously complained.
Defeat for Lidl before the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart: As the “Lebensmittel Zeitung” writes, the Baden-Württemberg consumer advice center had sued the Schwarz company because the discounter did not want to take back flattened cans at the deposit machine. A customer had previously complained to VZ about this.
According to consumer advocates, the cans are clearly subject to a deposit. In the store, however, one had the assumption that the consumer had already handed them in to the machine and that they were therefore flattened.
Lidl: Judgment against discounters would also have consequences for Aldi and Co.
As a result, Lidl had not issued a cease-and-desist declaration, which is why the consumer advice center filed a lawsuit and the court was right in the first instance. The discounter subsequently appealed – but this was rejected by the OLG. According to the judge, the Packaging Act makes no demands on the condition of the cans.
The verdict is not yet legal, but would also affect other retailers such as Aldi or Rewe. Vanessa Schifano from VZ Baden-Württemberg emphasized to the LZ that it was regrettable that a court first had to provide clarity.