Study: Reducing the use of disposable cups in three years
Germans use 2.8 billion disposable cups for hot drinks annually, or 34 cups per person. Often, these cups and their lids are carelessly disposed of or fall from trash bins, ending up in nature. A current study from the German federal environmental agency (Umweltbundesamt; UBA) suggests introducing a reusable system and establishing a "littering fund".
The UBA study recommends agreeing a reusable cup system with the industry. In such a system, beverages would be cheaper than their single-use alternatives. The monies from the "littering fund" would be used both for cleaning up public spaces and for awareness campaigns. Whoever puts single-use cups into circulation would have to pay into the fund.
60% of the single-use cups in circulation in Germany are paper cups coated with plastic; the remaining 40% are all plastic. In addition, there are about 1.3 billion single-use lids per year.