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The Freiburg Cup Program is an environmentally friendly alternative to the disposable cup for on-the-go coffee. For a 1 euro pledge it is available in over 120 cafes and shops in Freiburg.
Every hour more than 300,000 disposable cups for coffee are consumed in Germany. Disposable cups can not be recycled and mean an immense consumption of raw materials and energy. In many cities, the used cups become a garbage problem. As an alternative, many Freiburg shops and cafes have started to offer the Frei burg Cup, a reusable system for enjoying coffee without waste.
The city of Freiburg wanted to know if they could succeed in offering the mass of disposable cups a sustainable alternative, if there were enough dedicated coffee providers in Freiburg to support this concept and how open would the consumers be to a reusable system. They launched the Free Burg Cup at the end of November 2016 . Since then, the Pfandbecher has established itself in the city center and in the adjacent districts. The most important partners of the campaign are Freiburg businesses, which were also involved in the preparation. The Frei burg Cup is supervised by the ASF (Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg GmbH).
The system is simple:
The system includes as well a returnable lid for the Freiburg Cup, available everywhere for 50 cents, with the same system where there is also the Frei burg Cup. The lid is held by the client / customer, it fits in any pocket and can always return to get the deposit back.
With the success for this program, other cities have expressed to replicate it. This system is one of many returnable cup schemes that are developing around Europe.
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