Germany’s cities embrace reusable coffee cup deposit schemes to tackle waste

Life & Soul Magazine

Cities across Germany are aiming to reduce coffee cup waste by providing cafe and coffee shop customers with reusable coffee cup deposit schemes.

In Freiburg, The Freiburg Cup, a reusable coffee cup made from dishwasher-proof plastic that can be obtained from participating outlets, has proven to be popular, especially among students, since launching last November.

The cup, which can be obtained in exchange for a deposit of €1, can be used hundreds of times before being returned.

Local councils provide the Freiburg Cups, which are washed in the cafés and bakeries that have signed up to the scheme before being made available for redistribution to the public. Because of the state support, both participating businesses and consumers “do not incur any costs” (apart from losing your €1 deposit if you lose your cup), according to Freiburg’s mayor, Gerda Stuchlik.

Around 100 stores in the city centre now participate in the scheme since launching…

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