Veröffentlicht: 28 November 2016 Monday, 01:44 AM
Bonn, Nov 27 (deutschenews24.de) - There is no uniform strategy in sight in Germany for the avoidance of hazardous waste disposable waste. Federal or country-wide prohibitions are legally excluded in any case. Several federal states are working on voluntary agreements with restaurants and coffee chains, according to a survey conducted by the German Press Agency in the state capital cities. The German Environmental Aid (DUH), on the other hand, calls for a concerted effort for a uniform multi-path system.
According to the principle of voluntary action, one does not go ahead, says Thomas Fischer, a specialist for cycle management at DUH. "Trade is in debt."
Example Berlin: According to estimation of environmental management alone, 170 million disposable cups are sold every year - 48 pieces per inhabitant, 2400 tonnes of additional waste per year. The new government coalition between the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left has introduced the introduction of a multi-path system "together with trade and environmental associations". The DUH estimates that around three billion paper cups go across the counters of the nation - the cups by no means consist solely of cardboard, but are often also plastic-coated.
Hessen was obviously the fastest. There is the nationwide initiative "Becherbonus" - the Ministry of the Environment promotes bakeries, petrol station operators, cafes and food chains for "BecherBonus" - when the coffee is filled into a reusable cup, the customer is to receive at least ten cents.
Other federal states are still considering. The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment has convened a round table with companies, municipalities and associations. "We have to break this spiral in the consummate waste," says Environment Minister Ulrike Scharf. Lower Saxony stated that "the emphasis was on reducing disposable cups".
The Hamburg Environmental and Urban Development Agency is aiming at a good example and replacing disposable cups. According to information provided by the Environment Senator Jens Kerstan alone, 15 000 disposable cups per year are still being distributed in his authority.
Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently declared superfluous - "this is a local and voluntary basis," said the Social Democrat.
So far, there is mainly an uncoordinated number of individual initiatives from companies and municipalities, or from individual citizens. There are different solutions. For example, the introduction of returnable cups. Or deposit systems with the participation of several companies, as recently introduced in Freiburg, South Germany. Customers will receive the "Freiburg-Cup" plastic cup and pay for this one Euro deposit.
A comparatively simple solution is the filling into customers` own cups brought along. The latter is practiced - mostly already for some years - by big chains like Starbucks, Balzac Coffee, Tchibo and McDonald`s, mostly against discount. Only Tchibo does not offer a discount - the coffee is already cheaper than most competitors, argues the Hamburg-based company.
There are local initiatives in several cities - in Berlin as well as in Upper Bavarian Rosenheim. Successful beyond its Bavarian roots, the private campaign "Coffee to go again" by the Munich-based Julia Post, which now has over 300 holdings nationwide. They voluntarily undertake to fill the coffee in the cups they bring with them, as well as the label of the initiative on the outside of the shop.
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