Swiss find fake trash bags

2009-07-02 20:13

Zurich - Counterfeiters who already make a fortune from fake Swiss watches and army knives have now turned to making a business out of fake Swiss rubbish bags.

Police in the Swiss canton of Zurich said on Thursday that they have uncovered thousands of counterfeit rubbish bags carrying the region's waste disposal tax and recycling label, smuggled in from Serbia.

Each 35 litre so-called "Zueri-sack" is sold at about €1.3, as it includes a tax levied by the cantonal waste disposal and recycling authorities.

Waste disposal services in the canton only collect the pre-taxed bags.

Zurich police said: "A 37-year-old man has over several months smuggled thousands of fake rubbish bags from Serbia to Switzerland where they are sold”.

Cartons of trash bags were first discovered during border control checks on a tour bus coming from Serbia.

A Serbian man was found to have the fake bags at his grocery store in Zurich.

Police said experts found the fakes were "relatively good," but that the bag tears more easily compared to the Swiss originals.