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According to the Society for Packaging Market Research (Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung, GVM), 346,831  tons of waste were generated in Germany in 2017 by disposable tableware and to-go packaging made of plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard. In Berlin alone, 460,000 coffee-to-go cups are consumed every day. On top of this are vast quantities of plastic bags and packaging waste for takeaway meals. Disposable products contribute significantly to climate change through CO₂ emissions from production, transport and combustion of packaging. Carelessly discarded and left lying around, they pollute streets, squares, parks and landscapes and are a danger to all living creatures. Collecting and disposing of the waste lying around costs the public sector a lot of money.

Reusable instead of disposable packaging – waste reduction in the “Lebendiges Zentrum Turmstraße”

The goal of the project “Mehrweg statt Einweg” (reusable instead of disposable packaging) is to free the neighborhood from packaging waste in out-of-home sales. On these pages, we offer  tips and support for both restaurants and consumers.

Current events and campaigns

Kick-off in the Turmstraße area

Kick-off in the Turmstraße area

By using reusable containers, valuable resources can be saved in addition to reducing waste. How does this work? Consumers can bring their own containers from home and have them filled. This is already increasingly happening with coffee-to-go. But restaurateurs can...

Interview – Reusable: everything clean?

Interview – Reusable: everything clean?

This live interview took place on June 17, 2020. It was aimed on the one hand at restaurateurs and service staff who, in their day-to-day work - and especially in the context of the pandemic - are unsure how to handle containers brought in by customers themselves, and...