Zimbabwe: Empty bottle deposit goes up

United Bottlers (Pvt) Ltd. has increased the amount of money it charges as deposit for its containers with immediate effect. United Bottlers said with effect from 2 April, bottles with a capacity of 1…

United Bottlers (Pvt) Ltd. has increased the amount of money it charges as deposit for its containers with immediate effect. United Bottlers said with effect from 2 April, bottles with a capacity of 170/200 ml as well as those with a 300ml would fetch ZWD 15. The company said bottles with a pack size of 1,000ml would fetch ZWD 30. Crates with a size of 300 ml and 1,000ml would fetch ZWD 600, while the 500 ml PET and the wooden ones would go for ZWD 300 and ZWD 200, respectively. United Bottlers is a subsidiary of the blue-chip Delta Corporation Limited group (Delta), which has been disposing of its various subsidiaries in preference of its beverages sectors. Delta engaged in a demerger exercise which saw the unbundling of its shareholding in both OK Zimbabwe, with effect from October 2001, and Zimbabwe Sun Limited, from January 2002. On 3 April, Delta completed its programme when another subsidiary, Pelhams (Pvt) Ltd., was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange as a separate entity. Delta has a major stake in National Breweries (Pvt) Ltd. (Natbrew), the parastatal“s beer division. Natbrew also increased its deposits for empty beer bottles to ZWD 15 each in March. The move comes at a time when there has been a serious shortage of empty bottles in Zimbabwe. Individuals and companies in search of foreign currency are now selling bottled soft-drinks and beer within the southern African region, resulting in empties not being returned to Zimbabwe.